Sheriff: Woman leads deputies on wild chase through county, Biscuitville drive thru window

Sheriff: Woman leads deputies on wild chase through county, Biscuitville drive thru window
(Rowan Sheriff's Office)

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A China Grove woman faces a long list of charges for leading deputies in a chase with speeds reaching 100 miles an hour on Monday, according to a report at the Rowan Sheriff's Office.

A passer by spotted a woman who appeared to be asleep in a red, 1991 Honda Civic stopped in the middle of Cannon Farm Road just after 7:00 am.

When a deputy arrived, the car was still there, and the deputy noted that the woman appeared to be asleep.  As he approached the car, the woman sat up, looked at him, and then drove off.

The deputy began to follow the woman. He noted that she refused t o stop for his blue light and siren, and ran several stop signs and red stop lights in a meandering path that went from Cannon Farm Road to Enochville Avenue, Deal Road, Highway 152, Flat Rock Road, Highway 153, and Mount Moriah Church Road.

Speeds during this time were estimated at between 75 and 100 miles an hour, according to the report.

The woman, later identified as Brandi Lavone Starnes, 32, of China Grove, then drove towards downtown China Grove and Main Street after successfully avoiding stop sticks that had been placed in the road by a deputy.

While traveling near Grace Church Road and Miller Road, the woman drove through two front yards in order to get around another set of stop sticks that had been placed in the road to try and end the chase.

Starnes then drove into Salisbury, turning into a Food Lion shopping center from Mooresville Road.  Deputies say Starnes was going approximately 50 miles an hour when she drove in the wrong direction through the Biscuitville drive thru window lane.

The chase then continued back onto Mooresville Road with Starnes driving through a red light at Barringer Road and Statesville Boulevard.

The chase finally ended after Starnes drove onto a dead end street at Wilton Lane.

Deputies determined that the car had been stolen from Kannapolis.  The car was searched, and the search yielded a set of scales with white powder residue, according to the report.

Starnes was charged on outstanding warrants for first degree burglary, financial card theft, felony larceny, and obtaining property by false pretense, as well as new charges for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony flee to elude arrest, reckless driving, and driving while license revoked.

Starnes was jailed under $50,000 bond.

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