Friday was a wild day on Caldwell County roads, with two high speed pursuits reported by Lenoir Police and the Caldwell Sheriffs Office, one ending in a wreck, the other with the suspect fleeing on foot. The first was at 9:21am, when officer M. Foust spotted a red Nissan traveling at a high rate of speed, running a red light at Harper Avenue and Virginia Street. Faust attempted a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled west on Harper Avenue, then out Fairview Drive. There, the vehicle ran off of the road and struck the guy wires of a utility pole, causing the Nissan to overturn. Nathaniel Jawon Norwood of Holloway Place in Lenoir was charged with Felony Flee to Elude, DWI, No Operators License and a half-dozen other traffic violations and was set $30,000 bond.
Then, just before 11am as Lenoir officer C. James spotted a black 1987 Toyota Supra at Civic Court and Fairview Drive, and noting that the vehicle had been spray painted black, James contacted a detective investigating the July 24th theft of such a car, and finding that it was still missing, officer James ran the tag, with a report that the tag was revoked. James attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle, but the suspect fled and a chase ensued through Lenoir and out Connelly Springs Road, where the Caldwell Sheriffs Office took up the chase, along with the State Patrol. The SHP deployed stop sticks as the vehicle approached Castle Bridge near the Burke line, and the vehicle continued on flat tires another quarter mile before the suspect jumped and fled on foot. He was soon captured by the entourage of lawmen, and was identified as 25-year old David Lee Gross, the Connelly Springs man charged with Felony Flee to Elude as well as nearly a dozen misdemeanor traffic charges, with Felonies of Auto Larceny and Possession of Stolen Goods pending indictmenthis bond, $100,000.