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Pictured is one of two vehicles Burke County deputies were involved in a chase with Tuesday afternoon.

CONNELLY SPRINGS — A hit-and-run led to two high-speed chases Tuesday afternoon.

A deputy was informed of a hit-and-run on U.S. 70 in Connelly Springs involving a small red vehicle, said Sheriff Steve Whisenant. The deputy was told that the red vehicle was being followed by a small black vehicle.

A detective saw the vehicles less than three minutes later, but both vehicles failed to stop when the detective initiated his blue lights and siren, Whisenant said.

The chase traveled on Johnson Bridge and Carolina Mills roads, when the black vehicle went through a field, hit a vehicle and continued through the field into the woods, Whisenant said. The driver jumped from the vehicle and ran.

The red car continued running from deputies before wrecking on Miller Bridge Road, Whisenant said. The driver jumped from the vehicle and ran to a nearby house where he attempted to steal a car.

The owner of the car intervened in the theft and deputies arrested Barry Lee McMahan, 25, of Joe Ross Street in Lincolnton, Whisenant said. 

Deputies still were on the scene in the field where the black car wrecked searching for the suspect, Whisenant said. The black car had been reported stolen in Hickory.

The chase spanned about 11 minutes and reached speeds as high as 104 mph, he said. 

More information will be published as it becomes available.

Chrissy Murphy is a staff writer and can be reached at cmurphy@morganton.com or at 828-432-8941. Follow @cmurphyMNH on Twitter.

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