Man flees from officers

Published 10:01 am Thursday, August 8, 2019

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Davie Sheriff’s Deputy Colby Taylor noticed something wasn’t right about a BMW traveling on I-40 Saturday afternoon.

He pulled alongside the driver, who refused to look his way, according to Sheriff J.D. Hartman.

When Taylor slowed his patrol vehicle and got behind the BMW, it sped off.

The car got off of I-40 at Farmington Road and traveled at high speeds on US 158 towards Mocksville, at times losing sight of the deputy.

The driver, later identified as Dominque Travey Saunders, 31, of Asheville, drove the car – still traveling at a high rate of speed – onto a private driveway across from Sain Road. He then drove the car through fields and woods, at times becoming airborne, causing the officer to stop his patrol car and pursue on foot.

The officer, Hartman said, finally heard the car stop and a door shut.

The driver had fled on foot.

Sheriff’s K9 units tracked the suspect to an area near Main Church Road and US 158 when they lost the track.

Hartman said he doubts if the suspect is still in Davie County, as there are no known connections here.

Saunders is wanted in Buncombe County on several felony drug charges, and is known to authorities there, who said it is common for him to run when confronted by police.

The sheriff’s department instituted the reverse 911 system to warn local residents that he was on the loose on Sunday evening.