Stolen vehicle reported at rest area; chase ensues

Published 9:05 am Thursday, September 21, 2023

A reported stolen vehicle parked in the westbound rest area on I-40 led to the arrest of a Statesville man on Wednesday morning.

Davie County Sheriff’s Office deputies were alerted to the 2022 Toyota Rav 4 at  7:52 a.m.

“When deputies arrived on scene they located the stolen vehicle,” said Davie Sheriff J.D. Hartman. “As deputies approached the vehicle, the drivers ped off at a high rate of speed, heading west bound on Interstate 40.”

The deputies began to pursue the vehicle as it traveled down I-40  into Iredell County where the suspect continued fleeing from deputies. The suspect exited -40 at Old Mocksville Road in Statesville where they were were assisted by NC Highway Patrol, Statesville PD, and Iredell County Sheriff’s Office as the pursuit continued for several more minutes until the suspect lost control of the vehicle and wrecked, Hartman reported

Deputies took Devon Heggs, of Deaton Street in Statesville, was taken into custody.

The report said that Heggs was in possession of methamphetamine, fentanyl, crack cocaine, ecstasy pills, and marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia indicative of drug sales. Heggs also had several outstanding warrants for his arrest out of Iredell and Caldwell counties that included orders for arrest for felony breaking and entering to terrorize, felony larceny, habitual felon, felony possession with intent to manufacture sale and deliver Schedule II controlled substance and resisting a public officer.

Heggs was transported fto Davie County Detention Center where he was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest with vehicle, felony possession of a stolen vehicle, 3 counts of felony possession with intent to manufacture sale and deliver Schedule II controlled substance, 3 counts of felony possession of Schedule II controlled substance, felony possession with intent to manufacture sale and deliver Schedule I controlled substance, felony possession of Schedule I controlled substance, possession of Schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on a government official, 2 counts of resisting a public officer, reckless driving, and driving while license revoked.

Heggs was also served all out of County warrants for his arrest.

Heggs was taken into custody in lieu of a $764,000 bond and is scheduled for a first-appearance hearing Sept. 28 in Davie District Court.