ASHEVILLE, NC (WSPA) – Buncombe Co. deputies were chasing a suspect Tuesday morning on Patton Ave.
They say the call came in around 2 a.m. as a request for help from Asheville Police to find a breaking and entering suspect.
They say a deputy noticed a vehicle matching the description used in an earlier breaking and entering sitting at the traffic light at Hanover Street, about to cross over Haywood Road to the I-240 ramp.
The deputy then waited on the light to turn green and as the vehicle crossed Haywood Road and activated his blue lights to signal the vehicle to stop.
The vehicle did not stop, and made its way through a parking lot, back out onto Haywood Road, and then south on Hanover Street towards Pisgah View Apartments at speeds ranging from 40 to 65MPH, according to deputies.
Once in Pisgah View Apartments the deputy followed the vehicle through several streets, and at one point the vehicle stopped on Granada Street.
They say a passenger then ran out of the car.
The vehicle then continued on through Pisgah View until it stopped a second time in front of the 40 and 41 building area.
The driver`s door then opened a second time and the driver began to get out, but he then shut the door and continued driving at 50 to 60 MPH, according to deputies.
When the vehicle attempted to make the right from Cordova onto Hanover the vehicle slid sideways, hitting the curb.
The vehicle then ran the stop sign at Stewart Street and continued north, according to the report.
Deputies say As they came down the hill towards State Street another law enforcement vehicle had its blue lights on at this intersection, causing the driver to cut through the H&B Grocery near Pisgah View Apartments, then back out onto State Street towards Amboy Road.
The pursuit continued onto Amboy through a red light, then made its way to Riverview Road where the suspect began to create distance from the deputy due to the road being lined on both sides with vehicles and construction dumpsters.
Deputies say due to the time of day the deputy knew that there would be no foot traffic in the area; there were no other occupied vehicles on the road, and the decision was made to continue the pursuit.
When the deputy reached about an eighth of a mile from Haywood Road he came around a corner and found the vehicle unoccupied with the driver`s door open.
The deputy got out of his vehicle and ran past the suspect vehicle on foot where he met the driver head on, running on foot approximately 75 feet from the deputy’s location.
When the suspect saw the deputy he turned and ran directly back towards Riverview Road where another deputy detained him.
The suspect, James Dewon Griffin, 28, of Asheville is in custody, according to the report.
He is charged with felony flee to elude arrest, speeding and reckless driving.
He currently in the Buncombe County Detention Facility.
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