Charlotte man accused of fleeing deputy in I-77 chase


Pictured above: Ryan Willis – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office


Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: In the early morning hours of Friday November 9, 2018 a deputy attempted a vehicle stop at the intersection of Wilson Lee Boulevard and Garner Bagnal Boulevard for motor vehicle violations.

The vehicle, a Hyundai Santa Fe, did not stop and drove to the on-ramp to Interstate77 Southbound. Once the deputy got out of his patrol unit, the Santa Fe drove away from the stop. The suspect vehicle drove south at a high rate.

The deputy followed suspect vehicle attempting to stop it again. The Mooresville Police Department was asked to assist and deployed spike strips when the pursuit entered the city limits of Mooresville.

The vehicle ran off out of the road at Mile Marker 31. The driver of Santa Fe fled from the scene of the accident on foot. Two passengers exited the vehicle and were detained by law enforcement officers.

The passengers of the vehicle gave information on the driver’s identity, and advised they both told the driver several times to stop the car. Additional Iredell County Sheriff’s Office deputies along with Mooresville Police Department officers established a perimeter and attempted to locate the driver.

The driver Ryan Maurice Willis, was located and taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was charged with the following crimes: Felony Flee to Elude, Felony Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Fail to Stop for Blue Lights and Siren, Misdemeanor Reckless Driving to Endanger, Misdemeanor Driving While License Revoked, Misdemeanor Resist Obstruct Delay,
Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Revoked Registration Plate, Speeding in a Work Zone.

Magistrate S. Nicholson issued Willis a 20,000.00 dollar secured bond on the charges.

Criminal History: 2 Counts of Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 4 Counts of Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Misdemeanor Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Misdemeanor Resisting a Public Officer, 2 Counts of Assault on a Female, 2 Counts of Driving While License Revoked, 2 Counts of Felony Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle, Felony Attempted Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving to Endanger, 4 Counts of Speeding, and Exceeding a Safe Speed.

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Author: WSIC editor