A car chase that ended in a single-car wreck on the Old Asheville Highway Friday afternoon led to several felony charges for the vehicle’s occupants.
Detectives with the multi-agency Unified Narcotics Investigative Team, or UNIT, were observing a location near Jones Cove Road after receiving information that a suspect they were seeking was in the area.
As the subject got into a vehicle to leave, detectives attempted to affect a traffic stop. Instead of stopping, investigators say the 1999 primer black Honda Civic instead increased speed and drove at high rates of speed on Carolina Boulevard in Clyde, through Main Street in Canton, and continuing down the Old Asheville Highway until crashing down an embankment. The car was listed as stolen from Buncombe County.
One occupant in the vehicle was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment after the wreck. Officers on-scene discovered and took into evidence a loaded pistol located between the driver’s and front passenger’s seats.
Officers arrested Roger Martin “Marty” Capps Jr., 31, of Canton, charged him with felonious possession of a stolen vehicle. He was also charged with felonious possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor resist/obstruct/delay stemming from incidents earlier this week. He was also served with outstanding warrants for two felony probation violations, a parole violation, and a criminal summons for assault on a female.
Capps was jailed on no bond for the parole violations and $240,000 on the remaining charges. His court date for the latest charges is set for January 28, while the probation violations are scheduled to be heard in Superior Court February 2
Also arrested in Friday’s incident was Gregory Dee Devane, age 25, of Mars Hill, charged with felonious possession of a stolen vehicle and felony fleeing to elude arrest. He was jailed at Haywood County detention in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Warrants were also drawn on Shannon Michelle White, 25, also of Mars Hill, for felonious possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The case remains under investigation.