Sunday, June 23

Driver Charged After Chase with Sheriff’s Office

ASHEBORO N.C. – A driver is facing multiple charges after fleeing from Deputies earlier this month.

According to a press release, on June 3rd, 2023, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a small black SUV traveling east bound on US Hwy 64 E. at a high rate of speed, on the wrong side of the road. A deputy near Crestwick Rd. and US Highway 64 E. witnessed a black SUV in the center-turning lane, passing vehicles in a no passing zone at a high rate of speed.

Reports indicate that the deputy began to follow the vehicle and tried to pull over the vehicle, but the driver did not stop, and a vehicle pursuit ensued, extending into Chatham County.

The Sheriff’s Office says after entering the city limits of Siler City, the suspect vehicle ran several red lights and continued passing other vehicles using the opposite lanes of travel causing the other motorist to take evasive action to avoid a collision. Shortly after leaving the city limits, two Chatham County Deputies joined in along with additional units from Randolph County Sheriff Office.

Chatham County advised they had positioned additional deputy to deploy a stop sticks. Police say, the suspect swerved into the grass median to avoid them but was unable to fully avoid them and struck the spike strip with the right-side tires of the vehicle.

The vehicle proceeded on US Highway 64 E. with the front right tire deflating and therefore slowed down. Deputies were able to box in the vehicle with their patrol vehicles. The suspect tried to go into the grass median to avoid deputies, losing control and striking the cable median barrier.

The Sheriff’s Office says the suspect jumped out of the driver’s side window of his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended and taken into custody by a Randolph County deputy. EMS responded and transported the suspect, identified by police as Timothy Wayne Harris, Jr., to UNC Chapel Hill Hospital for evaluation.

The charging deputy went in front of the magistrate to file charges for felony flee to elude arrest with motor vehicle, felony assault with a deadly weapon on government official, no operator’s license, speeding, reckless driving, unsafe passing yellow line, fail to stop at red light. The magistrate found probable cause and warrants were issued.

On June 9, 2023, Harris, reported to the Randolph County Detention Center to turn himself in. He was served his warrant and the magistrate issued a $10,000 secured bond with a first appearance set for June 12, 2023, in Randolph County District Court.

Timothy Wayne Harris, Jr.

  • Felony flee to elude arrest with motor vehicle
  • Felony assault with a deadly weapon on government official
  • No operator’s license, speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Unsafe passing yellow line
  • Fail to stop at red light

$10,000 secured bond