Scooter pursuit lasts 90 minutes, results in arrest and charges

Scooter pursuit lasts 90 minutes, results in arrest and charges
Freddy Gentry, 34, of Salisbury was charged. (Source: Rowan Sheriff's Office)

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Law enforcement from several different agencies were involved in the pursuit of a scooter on Sunday afternoon.

The pursuit began in Salisbury at Jake Alexander Boulevard, went onto I-85 into Cabarrus County, and ended roughly 90 minutes later.

According to arrest warrants, Freddy Dewayne Gentry of Burkesway Drive in Salisbury was wanted on outstanding warrants when he was spotted by a deputy with the Rowan Sheriff’s Office.

That’s when the pursuit began. The deputy attempted to stop Gentry after seeing him operating the scooter “carelessly and recklessly” in the area of Mooresville Road and Jake Alexander Boulevard. When the deputy was able to speak to Gentry he told him to turn the scooter off, but Gentry replied that he could not do that. That’s when Gentry took off again, according to the deputy’s report.

Scooter chase on I-85 into Rowan County

The deputy noted that Gentry ran through several stoplights and stop signs and failed to move out of the way of a fire truck. On several occasions Gentry drove towards oncoming traffic. Gentry also displayed his middle finger to the deputy and appeared to shout profanity.

Gentry then drove his scooter onto I-85 and headed into Cabarrus County. At 1005 Scottish Square Drive, Gentry got off the scooter and ran. The deputy followed him and was able to apprehend him.

Gentry was wanted in connection with breaking and entering and felony larceny after breaking and entering.

According to the warrant, he was accused of stealing a turkey fryer, attic fan, gas cans, oil cans, garden shears, rakes, shovels, tires, tubes, and a lawnmower.

He was also wanted in Cabarrus County on charges of possessing a stolen white Ford F-150 pickup truck, resisting a public officer, and driving with a revoked license.

On Sunday, Gentry was charged with felony flee to elude arrest. The combined total bond is $50,000

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