Man drags gas pump, catches fire at police dept.

Published 8:40 am Thursday, July 26, 2018

It’s not every day you see a gasoline pump on fire – especially when it is in the middle of the road nearly a quarter of a mile away from the nearest station.

It happened in Mocksville on Sunday evening.

A Union Grove man faces two charges after dragging two gasoline pumps from a Mocksville station, one of which caught on fire next to the police department.

Duane Alan Cass, 52, was driving a 2002 Ford pickup truck pulling a trailer on Wilkesboro Street, and missed the turn onto Gaither Street, said Mocksville Police Assistant Chief Pat Reagan.

Cass turned the truck through the York’s Exxon gas pump area at the intersection, and the trailer caught the pumps, pulling them from the foundation.

One pump came loose on Gaither Street, the other soon after he turned onto North Main Street. It caught fire almost  in front of the police department.

Cass fled the scene.

A detailed description of the truck was provided to the officers, who located the suspect a short time later at a residence on Brushy Mountain Trail in Advance, where the owner of the truck, Michael Darrell Ball, lives.

The suspect admitted to what he had done, and said he left the scene because he was scared, Reagan said.

Cass was charged with hit and run causing property damage and making an unsafe traffic movement.