Lincoln County Police Say A Man Is Under Arrest For Stealing A Vehicle And Previous Warrants

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — Detectives with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office say Jospeh Hughes, 31, was arrested for stealing a 1997 Ford pickup after a police chase where one patrol car was damaged.

Hughes is charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing to elude an officer, driving while his license was revoked, injury to personal property, injury to real property, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, and felony possession of a stolen vehicle, according to a news release.

Investigators say around 10 a.m. on November 25th a man on Marsh Trail reported his 1997 Ford pickup as stolen, and for police to be on the lookout for the truck.

Deputies say they first found the truck in the area of Corriher Farm Road and Killian Road when the police chase began.

Officers say the truck sped north on Killian Road before turning through a yard and driving back across the roadway into a field near Catawba County.

First Sergeant Steve Grinnell says he continued to chase the Ford which caused the patrol car to be rammed twice, causing damage to the front bumper and right fender.

Hughes drove the stolen truck into a ravine shortly after, and rolled into a creek, when he jumped form the vehicle and attempted to flee, according to a news release.

Deputies say they caught Hughes a short time later and placed him in the Haven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $121,000 bond.

Police say Hughes also faces an extradition hearing for a parole violation from Washington County in Tennessee, and he is charged with warrants from Catawba County for felony breaking and entering, felony larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and another probation violation.

Hughes is being held on a no bond hold on the fugitive warrant charge in Tennessee, according to a news release.