Wednesday, 31 October 2007 19:38
deputies caught a man Tennessee authorities believe robbed a Mountain City
pizza store at gunpoint.
before 4 p.m. yesterday, Johnson County authorities notified Watauga deputies
that a Red Mitsubishi Eclipse was headed towards the state line. 23-year-old
Steven Allen Bolick of Denver, North Carolina was the driver and sole occupant
of the Eclipse. Deputies spotted the vehicle near the intersection of Old 321
and 421- and a chase ensued. Deputies say Bolick tried to get away by crossing
into the westbound lane of 421. In the process, he sideswiped a Dodge truck and
went thirty to forty feet down an embankment into a creek.
wasn’t over, however. Bolick exited his vehicle and traveled up the creek on
foot. Deputies were in hot pursuit, however, and caught up with Bolick about
300 feet east of the wrecked vehicle. Bolick was taken to Watauga Medical
Center. Bolick faces charges in the armed robbery of the Pizza Palace in Mountain City. There are also fugitive warrants for Bolick out of Lincoln County.
As an environmental precaution, a dike was placed in the
creek to keep motor oil from polluting the area.
Sheriff Len Hagaman handled the case personally and
said it was a combined effort between deputies and communications.