Two people were arrested and a 1996 Ford Mustang that had been reported stolen was recovered Sunday night by the Wilkesboro Police Department.

Sgt. B.J. McManus charged Joshua Wayne Taylor, 35, of Morrison Road, Wilkesboro, with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen goods, driving while license revoked, and having a fictitious license plate.

McManus also charged Taylor and Deana Lynn Key, 36, of N.C. 18 South, Moravian Falls, with one count each of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The officer reported that while putting gas in his patrol car at the Run-In convenience store on Oakwoods Road about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, he saw that a backup light on a black Mustang was out as the car pulled out and left the parking lot.

McManus had the Mustang’s license plate traced and learned that it was issued to a Chrysler Pacifica. He got the same results when he checked on the plate a second time for confirmation. He saw the car turn from Oakwoods Road to go west on U.S. 421 and was following from a distance when it turned to go southbound on N.C. 16-18.

McManus activated his emergency lights after the car turned from N.C. 16-18 onto Westwood Lane but didn’t stop until it turned from Old N.C. 18 onto Brown’s Temple Church Road. He said the driver, identified as Taylor, told him he had an identification card but no driver’s license.

The officer said small amounts of meth were found in the search that followed. Taylor and Key were placed in the Wilkes County Jail with secured bonds of $15,000 and $1,000 respectively.

According to another Wilkesboro police report, the Mustang belongs to Bhavik Patel of Wilkesboro and was reported stolen from a fenced lot at Champion Towing and Recovery on U.S. 421 West in Wilkesboro. Patel owns Champion Towing and Recovery.

A Champion employee reported finding that the Mustang was missing when he arrived for work on June 20. The employee said gates to the fenced lot were open and bolts were off the gate hinges. The Mustang was in the lot the prior evening.

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