Teen charged after high speed chase involving motorcycle
Deputies say speeds reached 80 mph in Food Lion parking lot
ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A teen who has had brushes with the law in the past is now facing a long list of charges following an incident on Tuesday morning.
According to the report, on Tuesday morning, a Rowan County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to stop a motorcycle traveling north on Interstate 85, speeding at more than 90 miles per hour. As the deputy activated his blue lights and siren, the rider exited onto East Innes Street and sped away.
A short chase took place down Bendix Drive and back into the Food Lion parking lot on Faith Road. Deputies say that in the parking lot, the speed reached 80 mph until the rider lost control and crashed in front of Food Lion.
Deputies say that as the rider hit the ground, he immediately got up and began running on foot from the deputy toward the rear of the store. The deputy chased him, and once he caught up with him, the rider began fighting and resisting arrest. After a brief struggle, deputies were able to get handcuffs on the suspect.
At this point, the rider was identified as 18-year-old Ethan Bradley Ghent, known to law enforcement.
During the investigation, deputies contacted the motorcycle owner, who at the time was unaware that his motorcycle had been stolen during the night.
Ethan Bradley Ghent, 18, was charged on Tuesday with felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of stolen vehicle, carry concealed gun, resist obstruct delay officer, felony flee to elude arrest, speeding 15 miles per hour more than speed limit, drive/allow motor vehicle with no registration, no operator license and no operator license motorcycle.
Ghent was arrested just after 5 a.m. on Tuesday in the 200 block of Faith Road.
Bond was set at $70,000. Ghent is due in court on Wednesday.
In February, Ghent was arrested and charged with felony motor-vehicle larceny. At the time of this arrest on Tuesday, Ethan Ghent was out on a bond with pending charges for larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, obstruction of justice, and Injury to real property stemming from an incident on February 2023.
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