Man arrested after high-speed chase leads to Cleveland County crash

Credit: The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office 

A Vale, N.C. man is facing multiple charges after leading deputies on a high-speed chase through Lincoln County into Cleveland County before crashing into a parked vehicle, authorities say. 

The incident began at 2 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7 when deputies say they observed a vehicle run through a stop sign and speed off. Deputies recognized the car as a vehicle that suspect James William Canipe II, 25, would be driving and followed it. 

Deputies attempted to pull over Canipe, who continued to speed away in excess of 80 miles an hour. 

The chase continued into the town of Casar, N.C. in Cleveland County. Deputies said Canipe turned onto several streets and finally hit a dead-end road where he struck a parked car and crashed. 

Canipe reportedly jumped from the car and ran into a wooded area. A woman was found in the passenger side of the car and confirmed to police the driver was Canipe, who was wanted in Lincoln County on drug charges. The woman told deputies she had pleaded with Canipe to let her out of the car but he told her no and continued to hold her against her will. 

A K-9 United quickly located Canipe and took him into custody. No one was harmed during this incident, deputies said. 

Canipe is charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, felony second-degree kidnapping, false imprisonment, resist, delay or obstruct a public officer, failure to stop for a siren, four counts of probation violation, driving while license revoked, hit-and-run property damage, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy, felony possession of a firearm, common law false imprisonment, careless and reckless driving, and fictitious name or address on license. 

Canipe has been placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without bond.