Two teenagers are charged in connection with a chase with law enforcement. 17-year-old Lance Vaughn Alton of East Maiden Road in Maiden and 16-year-old Zachary Robert Styers of Old Mocksville Road in Statesville were arrested by Iredell County Sheriff's Officers.
According to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, on Saturday (June 6), the Statesville Police Department called for assistance in reference to vehicle chase on Wilkesboro Highway. Statesville Police said they were chasing a white Chevrolet S10 pickup that was possibly involved in an attempted breaking and entering at the BP gas station on Wilkesboro highway. Statesville Police reported their units had lost sight of the vehicle on Scotts Creek Road off of Wilkesboro Highway.
A Deputy with the Iredell County Sheriff's Office saw the vehicle pull out of Scotts Creek Road and onto Taylorsville Highway traveling back towards Statesville. The Deputy then attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver of the vehicle continued towards Statesville on Taylorsville Highway at speeds of over 95 miles per hour.
Another Deputy who was on Taylorsville Highway was able to deploy stop sticks, which punctured all four tires on the vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop in the parking lot of Import Power Sports on Taylorsville Highway.
The driver and front passenger of the vehicle jumped out of the vehicle and ran on foot behind the business. There were four other individual’s lying down in the bed of the truck. Those subjects were detained and a K9 was dispatched to the area to attempt to locate the other two subjects.
A short time later Deputy Jody Johnson located the two subjects walking towards Statesville on Highway 64 and another foot chase began into thick brush. Deputy Johnson was able to capture one of the subjects and identified him as Zachary Styers who was the front passenger of the vehicle involved in the chase. The other subject Lance Alton managed to get away but was captured a short time later when he attempted to use a house phone at a residence on Marble Road.
Alton and Styers were both taken to the Iredell County Detention Center for several charges that resulted from the vehicle chase.
Alton was charged with felony speed to elude, two counts of resisting a public officer and a string of traffic violations that occurred during the vehicle chase. Alton was given a $10,000 secured bond. Styers was charged with two counts of resisting a public officer and received a $3,000 secured bond. Alton is scheduled to appear in District Court June 15, Styers has a July 13 District Court date.