RUTHERFORD COLLEGE — A chase on Interstate 40 ended in a brief standoff before troopers had to forcibly remove a man from a stolen vehicle Monday morning.
The chase started when OnStar reported a vehicle stolen from a Hendersonville Waffle House was headed eastbound on I-40 near mile marker 94, said Trooper J.M. Baker with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Baker waited on the vehicle, a truck, to get to Exit 103 eastbound in Morganton before heading after it. When he attempted to pull the vehicle over, it sped up, reaching around 110 mph during the chase.
Near Exit 106, the vehicle slowed to 25 mph in what appeared to be an attempt to make the trooper wreck, but when no one wrecked, the chase continued, Baker said.
When the vehicle reached Exit 111 in Valdese, OnStar slowed it to about 45-50 mph, said 1st Sgt. C.M. Tedder. From there, OnStar continued to drop the vehicle’s speed down until the vehicle came to a complete stop, Tedder said.
Troopers gave the driver of the truck several verbal commands to get out, but he refused, causing them to forcibly remove him from the vehicle, Baker said. Once in custody, he refused to give troopers his name.
He did tell troopers that he had orders from the president and that they would be getting a call to release him, Baker said. The man added that the troopers had no authority.
Instead, Adam Scott Rollings, 23, of Hendersonville, was charged with felonious possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest, going 110 mph in a 65 mph zone, careless and reckless driving and failure to stop for blue lights and sirens, Baker said.
The chase started around 8:20 a.m., and the suspect was taken into custody at around 8:45 a.m., Tedder said.
Before the chase started, Rollings rear-ended another car on the interstate, said Trooper V. Vinson. No one was injured, but a passenger in Rollings’ car confirmed to troopers that the hit was intentional, Vinson said.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office is waiting for the victim to confirm whether they want to press charges on Rollings, said Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant.
A sergeant at Burke-Catawba District Confinement Facility said Rollings was booked under a total $30,000 secured bond.
Troopers from Burke and Catawba counties, along with Valdese Police Department, were involved in the chase, Baker said. Burke County Sheriff’s Office assisted with transporting and serving charges on Rollings.
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