A chase during which speeds reportedly exceeded 100 miles per hour resulted in the arrest of a Caldwell County man in Burke County.
The Morganton Department of Public Safety arrested 36-year-old Steven Daniel Sparks of Lenoir following a chase in Morganton Sunday evening which a news release says included speeds over 110 mph. Public Safety Officers noticed a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle involved in a larceny from Walmart in Morganton. Public Safety Officer Holland turned on the vehicle to stop it and the vehicle, a 1997 Cadillac, sped away on West Fleming Drive toward the Roses Plaza. Officer Holland saw the Cadillac pick up speed as it ran through the red light at the plaza and travel East on East Fleming Drive at an extremely high speed.
Sgt. R. E. Triplett was on East Fleming Drive as Officer Holland called in the chase and he joined in the pursuit. The Cadillac continued to pick up speed, at one point reaching over 110 mph on East Fleming Drive and turning East on US 70 in the direction of Drexel. Morganton officers lost the vehicle for a short time and called off the chase due to the danger.
A few minutes later, the suspect's Cadillac was spotted coming back into Morganton on US 70 East heading in the direction of Kirksey Drive where it was eventually stopped by several Public Safety Officers. The driver of the Cadillac, Sparks, was arrested and charged with Felony Flee to Elude Arrest, Reckless Driving, Driving During Revocation, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Fictitious or Altered License Plate and Failure to stop for a steady red light. Sparks was booked into the Burke Catawba Detention Center under $13,000 bond. District Court appearances are scheduled for July 23, July 29, and August 3.
A passenger in the Cadillac, 35-year-old Virginia Suzanne Bishop, of Lenoir was also arrested and charged with larceny from the Walmart store. She’s scheduled to appear in District Court August 25.