On Sunday, June 11, 2017, at approximately 5:21PM, a car was observed speeding and failing to stop at a dually erected stop sign along with a stoplight at the intersection of Shiloh Church Rd and NC Hwy 127 in Bethlehem. An Officer with the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a white Honda Civic by activating blue lights and siren. The vehicle proceeded on NC Hwy 127 into Catawba County. The vehicle refused to stop. The pursuit of the vehicle proceeded into Catawba County for approximately 6-7 miles, back and forth on various streets in the Kool Park/Springs Road area. Hickory Police Department was notified to assist in the pursuit of the vehicle. At or near Shell’s BBQ, 28th St Dr, Hickory Police Department attempted to block the suspect in behind the Fresh Air Galaxy, where the driver also eluded them. The Hickory Police Department identified the registered owner and suspect as Cathy Michelle Chapman, W/F, age 50 of Granite Falls. The suspect was able to elude arrest by driving over a curb.
Upon officers’ identification of the suspect, the pursuit was called off. The suspect was later located at her residence in Caldwell County, where she confessed to being the driver of the vehicle and to the location of same vehicle. The location of the suspect was approximately two hours after the pursuit had been called off. Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office assisted Alexander County in taking the suspect into custody.
Cathy Michelle Chapman was charged with Felony Flee to Elude Arrest with Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Driving with License Revoked, and Fail to Stop at a Stop Sign. She was transported to the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center, where she was placed under a $25,000 secured bond with a first appearance date of Monday, June 12, 2017 in Alexander County District Court.
This investigation is continuing.