Mooresville man accused of leading vehicle chase that ended at drag strip


Pictured above: Tiko Jermaine Adams – Pictures courtesy of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office


On July 25, 2019, at about 10:00pm, Rowan County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Johnson was on Wilkinson Road, near Hwy 152, when he spotted a black 2006 BMW 750LI that was apparently speeding. Deputy Johnson was able to lock his radar on the vehicle at 70 mph while being in a 55mph zone. He activated his blue lights & siren on his fully marked patrol unit, and began an attempt to get the BMW to stop, but the vehicle increased it’s speed. The BMW continued past Performance Road, and then past the Mooresville Dragstrip headed towards Iredell County. The suspect vehicle did go into Iredell County to the intersection of Linwood Road and Patterson Road, where it failed to stop at a stop sign, and crashed into a ditch. The vehicle driver regained control, and continued to head back into Rowan County on Patterson Road. Once the suspect vehicle came back into Rowan County, it continued onto Wilkinson Road until it got back to the Mooresville Dragstrip, and turned in to the dragstrip parking lot where the suspect looped around some parked vehicles. The driver of the BMW opened the driver door and ran from the vehicle on foot.

Deputy Johnson notified Rowan 911 Communications, with who he had been in constant contact with via radio, that the suspect was a black male wearing a red shirt. Deputy Johnson began to pursue the suspect on foot, and pursued him across the drag strip track, and then over a fence for a short distance. The black male suspect finally stopped running, and turned to face Deputy Johnson who took him into custody without further incident. The suspect was walked back to Deputy Johnson’s patrol vehicle, where he was searched. An ID was located identifying the male as Tiko Jermaine Adams, and a black scale, commonly used to weigh marijuana, was also located on his person.

Tiko Adams was transported to the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office, where he was fingerprinted and charged with Felony Flee to Elude Arrest. Tiko Adams was given a $35,000 secured bond on that charge. He was also charged on a NC Uniform Citation for Speeding, Driving While License Revoked, Running a Stop Sign, Careless & Reckless Driving, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Adams was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center. The suspect vehicle was towed by Crawford’s Wrecker Service, and will be seized via Run and You are Done.

While Tiko Adams was attempting to flee at the Dragstrip, it was Test & Tune Night, and the venue was very crowded. Adams did admit to Deputy Johnson that he ran initially because he had a Marijuana blunt, but that he had tossed the blunt when he had crashed into the ditch during the vehicle pursuit.

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Author: Niakeya James