Saturday, April 20

Police Chase Sunday Ends in Driver Crashing / Under Arrest

ASHEBORO N.C. – The driver of a motorcycle who tried to flee from police Sunday was arrested after crashing his motorcycle.

On April 9th, 2023, a Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to pull over a motorcycle near US Hwy 220 S.

According to a press release, the driver fled onto Old State Highway starting a vehicle pursuit and onto US HWY 220 S. from Virgil Hill Road where he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed. Police say the driver, who was identified as Richard Anthony Vestal, Jr fled on foot but was quickly apprehended.

Randolph County EMS responded to evaluate Vestal and he was transported to Randolph Health for evaluation. At the hospital, a search found suspected illicit drugs.

Deputies on scene discovered that the motorcycle’s tag was fictitious, and the vehicle was uninsured.

Once Vestal was medically cleared from Randolph Health, he was transported to the Randolph County Jail where he was brought before the magistrate and officially charged with multiple felony, misdemeanor, and traffic charges. He was also served his outstanding order for arrest and issued a $104,000 total secured bond.

Vestal had his first appearance in Randolph County District Court on April 10, 2023. As of the time of this article he remains confined at the Randolph County Jail awaiting his next court date on April 26th, 2023.

Richard Anthony Vestal, Jr

  • Felony flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle
  • Felony possession methamphetamine
  • Misdemeanor driving while license revoked
  • Misdemeanor fictitious/altered title/registration card/tag
  • Misdemeanor no liability insurance
  • Misdemeanor resisting public officer
  • Misdemeanor reckless driving – wanton disregard
  • Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.