Christopher Coman

Christopher Coman

A 30-mile motor vehicle chase started in Millers Creek and ended in Ashe County when the pursued car, which authorities said was stolen, turned on a dead-end road Monday morning.

Arrested without incident on Windy Acres Ridge Road in the Fleetwood community was Christopher L. Coman, 49, of Wes Lim Drive, Wilkesboro.

Deputy Robbie Martin of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office charged Coman with felony fleeing with a motor vehicle to elude arrest, speeding 100 mph in 55 mph zone, reckless driving, driving while license revoked and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Authorities said the pursued car was a 2000 Honda Civic reported stolen from the lower Belk store parking lot on U.S. 421 in Wilkesboro Sunday afternoon. Shelia Absher of Wilkesboro reported that she found the car missing after she got off work at Applebee’s at 4 p.m. Sunday.

No additional charges had been filed against Coman by early Monday afternoon. He was placed in the Wilkes County Jail with a secured bond. He was also served with three outstanding warrants for probation violation.

Chief Deputy David Carson of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office said the Wilkes Communications Center received a call about a suspicious car in a parking lot near Millers Creek Baptist Church about 9 a.m. Monday.

Carson said that when a Wilkes deputy saw and attempted to stop the Honda in question while it was traveling on Boone Trail toward N.C. 16, the Honda accelerated and the chase ensued. 

Wilkes deputies pursued the car on N.C. 16 and then on U.S. 421 toward Boone until it was near the Blue Ridge Parkway at the top of the mountain, where Watauga Sheriff’s Office deputies took over and pursued the Honda on U.S. 421, turned onto U.S. 221 at Deep Gap and headed toward West Jefferson.

Ashe Sheriff’s Office deputies were en route to place spike strips on U.S. 221 in the vehicle’s path when Coman turned right on Windy Hill Road and then right again on Windy Acres Ridge Road, where the road dead ends.

Watauga and Wilkes deputies arrested Coman on Windy Acres Ridge Road without incident. Coman was the only person in the car.

The N.C. Highway Patrol also was involved in the chase.

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