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Two suspects were arrested in an early morning, multi-county police pursuit of a stolen vehicle that ended in Wilkes County.

The Ashe Post and Times reports Ashe 911 heard from the Wilkes Sheriff's Office August 24 about a cream-colored Ford Expedition traveling north on Highway 16 towards Ashe.

According to the report, the subjects had just stolen the vehicle after crashing a different stolen vehicle and fled the scene.

West Jefferson Police Officer Jeff Friesland spotted the vehicle headed toward West Jefferson at a high rate of speed bout could not catch up.

Ashe and Alleghany Law Enforcement spent an hour trying to stop the vehicle and attempting to use tire spikes.

Just after 3 am, the vehicle headed back into Wilkes and Wilkes Sheriff's Office personnel successfully deployed tire spikes and the pursuit ended.

The suspects were taken into custody without incident.

The investigation found items that had been stolen from a vehicle and from a commercial business in Ashe.

James E. Bennett, 29, of Albany, N.Y., was charged with felony fleeing/eluding arrest and injury to personal property in Wilkes. He was also charged with felony assault, failure to heed lights and sirens and aggressive driving in Ashe.

Melissa A. Rushing, 33, of Charlotte, was charged with aiding and abetting a larceny in Wilkes County.

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