Man leads police, deputies on chase; speed hits 170 mph

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A man driving a black Mustang GT led a Cleveland police officer and a Rowan Sheriff's deputy on a chase last week, and at one point the officer estimated the Mustang was going 170 miles an hour.

According to the report at the sheriff's office, Officer Welch of the Cleveland PD spotted the car speeding westbound on Highway 70 just before midnight on the evening of June 28.

The officer clocked the Mustang at 113 miles an hour, according to the report.

The officer followed the car and saw the driver turn into the Cedar Glen development, then come back out heading towards Salisbury.  The driver would not stop for the officer.

Welch estimated the car's speed as 170 miles an hour.

Deputy Butler then joined in the pursuit.  Butler reported seeing the Mustang near Gatton Road on Highway 70.  The deputy estimated the car was traveling in excess of 150 miles an hour.

The deputy saw the Mustang make "an erratic right turn" onto Highway 801 and head towards West Rowan High School.  At that point Butler lost sight of the Mustang.

Moments later, Deputy Shoemaker spotted the car at White Road and Highway 150. Shoemaker reported that the made a traffic stop and that the driver pulled over.

The driver was identified as Oliver Wade Cunningham III, 21, of Concord.  According to the report, Cunningham told deputies "I didn't do anything wrong."

Cleveland officer Welch charged Cunningham with speeding and careless and reckless driving. Deputy  Butler charged Cunningham with felony speeding to elude arrest.

Cunningham was released on $1000 bond.