A Burnsville man charged with stealing vehicles was arrested after leading deputies on a short pursuit in a stolen dump truck, authorities said Friday.

Lt. Burlin Ballew of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Cody Edward Clymer, 31, of 141 Lawhearn Lane in Burnsville, with two counts each of damage to property and larceny of a motor vehicle and one count each of fleeing to elude arrest and resisting a public officer.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, Ballew responded to Quality Stone, on U.S. 221 North in Marion, where employees found that a 2009 Dodge Ram dump truck had been stolen from the business. Near where the Dodge Ram had been sitting, they discovered a 2007 Chevrolet truck, owned by Duncan’s Garbage Service, which had been reported stolen from RDM Electronics on Harmony Grove Road in Nebo earlier in the day.

While Ballew was taking the report, someone spotted the stolen dump truck traveling on Old Highway 10 East toward Nebo. The lieutenant drove in that direction, spotted the truck and attempted to stop the driver, later identified as Clymer.

Clymer sped up in the truck, leading the deputy on a short pursuit before ramming through a gate at the end of Upton’s Landing Road and slamming into a dirt bank. The suspect then fled on foot into the woods. A search ensued, and, after about 1 ½ hours, Clymer came out of the woods and was apprehended by an off-duty officer.

Clymer’s bond was set at $47,500.

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