A Black Mountain man was arrested and charged after leading McDowell deputies on a high-speed chase into Buncombe County, authorities said Tuesday.
Deputy Steven McPeters of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Teddy Justin Rathbone, 27, of 108 Flat Creek Road in Black Mountain, with two counts of fleeing to elude arrest and one count each of driving while license revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving to endanger and driving left of center.
Buncombe County sheriff’s deputies also charged Rathbone with possession of a firearm by a felon.
At 11:42 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, McDowell deputies responded to Walmart in reference to a domestic dispute involving a gun. As they arrived on the scene, they spotted the suspect vehicle, a green truck, leaving the shopping center.
McDowell deputies pursued the truck onto I-40 eastbound off Exit 86 then back onto westbound I-40. The vehicle continued up Old Fort Mountain and into Buncombe County, where authorities there deployed stop sticks.
The suspect automobile proceeded onto Exit 64 in Black Mountain, took back roads on to U.S. 70 and appeared to be heading back to eastbound I-40. The truck made an abrupt turn onto Flat Creek Road and hit the McDowell Sheriff’s Office patrol car driven by McPeters. He hit McPeters’ car a second time and also struck the McDowell Sheriff’s Office patrol car driven by Deputy Jesse Hicks.
The suspect continued onto Flat Creek Road and turned into his own yard. The automobile stopped in the back yard, and authorities were able to take Rathbone into custody.
No one was injured.
Rathbone is currently in jail under no bond.