Man accused of leading Iredell vehicle chase identified


Pictured above: An officer deploys a stop stick device in Mooresville Wednesday in an effort to end a vehicle chase – Picture courtesy of Josh Main/FOX 46

TROUTMAN (WSIC) – Police are looking for a man accused of leading officers on a chase Wednesday that originated in Troutman and moved into southern Iredell.

Troutman Police Chief Matthew Selves says the chase started when Tobias Cope of Watauga County fled a traffic stop at exit 42. Assistance was requested from the Mooresville Police Department, NC Highway Patrol and Iredell County Sheriff’s Office as the chase moved south.

The vehicle got off I-77 at exit 33, eventually turning-around and going back on the interstate heading south toward Mecklenburg County. Video captured in Mooresville and sent to WSIC news partner FOX 46 shows the vehicle avoiding stop sticks and the officer trying to deploy them land on the ground in the middle of the road.

The Troutman and Mooresville Police Departments ended their involvement in the chase when the vehicle returned to I-77. The NC Highway Patrol located the passenger in Davidson a short time later. Selves tells WSIC the passenger has cooperated with investigators. This presently unidentified person has not been arrested, but there is the possibility of charges in the future.

When located, Cope faces charges of felony flee/elude, driving with a revoked license, careless and reckless driving, speeding and failure to maintain lane control. Additional charges are expected. Cope was last seen operating a heavily damaged 2000 Mazda Protege.

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Author: WSIC editor