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10/7/2017 9:21:00 PM
McMahan Facing More Charges After High Speed Chase
Thursday incident in Burke and Catawba counties involved stolen motorcycle
Photo Courtesy Burke County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy Burke County Sheriff's Office


Wayne Howard
Staff Writer



A Lincolnton man will be in court Monday on the latest charges filed against him after he allegedly led officers from multiple agencies on a chase across two counties on a stolen motorcycle Thursday (Oct. 5th).

Twenty-three year old Barry Lee McMahan II of Lincolnton is accused in the incident that began as he allegedly drove the motorcycle by detectives as they were interviewing the motorcycle’s owner at his home in Burke County. At approximately 8:20 Thursday morning, Burke County dispatched a patrol deputy to Cape Hickory Road after a caller to 9-1-1 said that a man stole his motorcycle and drove away.



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Deputies went to investigate and that's when McMahan allegedly rode by on the motorcycle. That was about 11 AM Thursday. The Burke County detectives got in their vehicles to follow the street bike according to Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant and the chase began.

The chase covered 25 miles from eastern Burke County to Maiden. Whisenant said at times the motorcycle reached speeds of more than 100 mph.

During the chase, McMahan allegedly ran into a detective’s vehicle after driving through a yard and back onto the road.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and the Maiden Police Department got involved in the chase, which ended when McMahan crashed in a soy bean field.

Burke County officers charged McMahan with felony assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, damage to personal property, felony fleeing to elude arrest, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, a 9-mm pistol he had on him when arrested. Police said he ran from the scene of the wreck and was run down by a Maiden Police Officer and one of the Burke County Detectives.

McMahan, whose address was listed as Joe Ross Street in Lincolnton was jailed in Morganton under $135,000 total secured bond.

In addition to his court date for Monday, McMahan is also scheduled for district court appearances in Burke County on November 13th, Catawba County on November 15th and December 18th, and Superior Court in Lincoln County on November 13th. You may recall that he was charged with stealing a pickup truck last June in Lincoln County. He was said to have been staying overnight at another man's home when he allegedly stole the man’s pickup truck and later sold some of the tools that were in the vehicle.


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