DENVER – A chase that began at Walmart in Denver late Wednesday ended in Gaston County the suspects’ vehicle in flames, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver and two passengers were arrested on multiple charges.
Deputies were called to the store at about 11:45 p.m. by Walmart security personnel who reported that two people had left the store with “a number of electronic items” for which they hadn’t paid, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
Deputies reportedly spotted the suspects’ vehicle and saw two 43-inch televisions inside. They said the vehicle sped away “with one person’s legs still hanging out of the passenger door.”
Deputies followed the vehicle as it traveled west on N.C. 73 and then south on N.C. 16 at speeds well above the posted speed limit.
“The vehicle had a malfunction of the transmission and the fluid leak set the vehicle on fire,” the sheriff’s office said. “The driver was able to steer the burning vehicle into the median and all three individuals were able to exit the car.”
Some of the stolen merchandise burned in the vehicle. Two items that fell from the car during the chase were recovered.
The driver, Rashna Nicole Pressley, 32, of Charlotte, was charged with felony larceny, felony habitual larceny, felony possession of stolen goods, felony fleeing to elude arrest, two counts of felony conspiracy, damage to property, speeding, reckless driving and using a fictitious license plate. She was also served four outstanding warrants and a criminal summons from Mecklenburg County. Pressley was given an $80,000 secured bond on the Lincoln County charges and a $22,000 secured bond on the Mecklenburg County charges.
Ronald Ervin Hicks, 48, and Shadon Alrey Giles, 46, both of Charlotte, were charged with felony larceny, two counts of conspiracy, and felony possession of stolen goods. Hicks was given a $30,000 secured bond and Hicks was held on a $50,000 secured bond.
The three suspects are scheduled to have a first-appearance hearing in Lincoln County District Court Friday.