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Vehicle Chase Leads To Drug, Traffic & Probation Charges
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. – An attempt to locate a probation absconder led to a chase through western Lincoln County and northern Gaston County Friday, March 22, 2019.

Sheriff’ narcotics and probation officers had gone to a residence in the 5700 block of Spring Branch Road, Cherryville, NC attempting to locate Richard Harlond Fuller, 26, on probation violation charges. The vehicle belonging to Fuller was at the residence and officers staged to make plans for arresting Fuller.

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Meanwhile, Fuller left the scene in his vehicle and deputies were able to catch up with the vehicle on Flay Road. When they activated the blue lights and siren the vehicle sped up. That led to a chase that covered 17 and a half miles with speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The chase went into Gaston County then back into Lincoln County where the car crashed into the back of a U.S. Postal Service rural carrier’s vehicle in the 2400 block of NC 274 Highway.

The driver, Richard Harlond Fuller II, 26, of Lincolnton, N.C. jumped from the vehicle and ran from the scene. A number of deputies came to assist in a ground search to locate Fuller including the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Drone Team and a state K-9 unit but were unsuccessful. A passenger in the car told officers he was being held against his will because Fuller refused to let him get out of the car.

Later in the day deputies learned that Fuller may be at the Quality Inn on East Main Street, Lincolnton, N.C. Officers staged at that location and apprehended Fuller when he exited the hotel.

Fuller was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate where he was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, felonious restraint, driving while license revoked, hit and run injury, driving left of center, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance schedule IV, possession of drug paraphernalia, probation violation, careless and reckless driving, speeding to elude arrest, speeding, improper passing, failure to stop for a red light, and resist, delay and obstruct a public officer.

He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond and a no bond hold for the probation violation.

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