N.C. man steals truck, leads deputies on chase
By Wes Wade | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A North Carolina man who allegedly stole a truck from a Maryville business early Thursday morning was arrested after leading deputies on a pursuit.
Charles Irwin Moose, 35, of Robbinsville, N.C., was arrested on charges of felony evading arrest with a vehicle, theft of a vehicle greater than $1,000 and driving on a suspended license.
Blount County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Doug Moore was traveling on U.S. 411 South at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday when he noticed a truck with an auto dealership license plate. According to the report, Moore recognized the vehicle — a 1995 GMC truck valued at $6,900 — as one he knew was for sale at Wolfe’s Used Cars, 2123 U.S. 411 S., Maryville.
Moore said he had seen the truck parked at the lot after business hours and became suspicious.
Moore then tried stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop.
Moore then turning on his siren, but the driver continued down the road, traveling on U.S. 129 for about 12 to 15 miles. After a short time Moore was joined by two other deputies in the pursuit.
While they were in pursuit of the vehicle, Maryville Police officers had responded to the car lot to find the lock had been cut off a gate, which was standing open.
Moore said as they began to approach a lake, the truck slowed to about 10 to 15 mph. As the vehicle slowed, the driver jumped from the passenger side of the truck onto the road.
The suspect fell onto the pavement, jumped back to his feet and ran a short distance before jumping down a 20- to 30-foot embankment.
Deputies followed the man down the embankment and took him into custody. The truck sustained minor damage after it rolled into a ditch.
Deputies reportedly found gloves on Moose and located bolt cutters and a vice grip inside the truck. Moose said he used the bolt cutters to cut the lock off the gate at the car lot.
Deputies took Moose to the car lot, where the owner identified him as a man who had come to the business earlier Wednesday and expressed interest in the truck. The owner said Moose had asked to test drive the vehicle, however, the owner denied the request. The truck was recovered and returned to the owner.