Old Fort police chase stolen vehicle from Gastonia

Andrew Daniel Cook

Old Fort police intercepted a stolen vehicle from Gaston County travelling on I-40 Sunday afternoon.

Officer Aaron Embler charged Andrew Daniel Cook, 21, of 18 Stratmore Drive, Arden, with driving on license revoked, speeding to elude, careless and reckless, failure to stop for blue light and possession of stolen vehicle.

On Sunday around 1:30 p.m. Old Fort officers received communication about a stolen vehicle out of Gaston County heading down I-40.

“The officer got behind the vehicle as he tried to get off of the Old Fort exit, but then the car got back on. He hit the wall, and continued up Old Fort mountain. He got ready to get off of Exit 65 and Black Mountain PD was sitting there so he got back on I-40. He then got off at exit 64 and went through the intersection and hit the guardrails at Pizza Hut. Black Mountain worked the accident, and also charged him,” said Chief Melvin Lytle of the OFPD.

Cook was driving a GMC 2500 and got up to speeds of 95 mph. Lytle said there was frontend damage to the vehicle estimated at about $3,000.

Cook is at the McDowell County jail under a $13,500 bond.

According to information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Cook served three months for drug charges from Buncombe County. He has been convicted of numerous drug and injury to property charges since 2014.

Get today’s top stories right in your inbox. Sign up for our daily newsletter.

Recommended for you