Suspect leads deputies on chase in Marion

Authorities find the suspect after he emerged from the woods on Fairview Road

DUSTIN CHANDLER/MCDOWELL NEWS

A Nebo man was arrested and charged after leading deputies on a high speed chase throughout Marion, authorities said Thursday.

Deputy Steven McPeters of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Randall Keith Webb, 43, of 59 Bethamy Drive in Nebo, with fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger, failure to stop for a red light, lane change violation, expired registration, failure to yield at a left turn, unsafe tires, driving on a revoked license and no liability insurance.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, McPeters responded to a call of a suspicious male looking at an abandoned vehicle on the side of Fairview Road.

As McPeters approached, the man, later identified as Webb, ran to a nearby Saturn SUV that he had driven to that location. He jumped in the Saturn and fled at a high rate of speed from Fairview Road to Jacktown Road to N.C. 226 and back to Fairview, where he pulled into a gravel area behind Fairview Corner Market and ran behind the Waffle House.

During the chase, Waffle House employees claimed that they were unaware of the situation, but had seen police cruisers pull up to the restaurant and pursue on foot.

“They just pulled up and we saw maybe three or four of them run behind the restaurant,” said an employee who asked not to be identified.

After a brief search of the area by authorities with the Sheriff’s Office, Marion Pol ice Department, N.C. Highway Patrol and N.C. DMV, Webb was apprehended coming out of the woods at 206 Fairview Road.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a reason was not given by Webb for why he was looking at the abandoned car.

Webb’s bond was set at $17,500.

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