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6/16/2020 1:14:00 AM
Wreck Results In Multiple Charges
Multi-vehicle collision near the US321 intersection on E. Main Street in Lincolnton about 11:30 last Wednesday morning (June 10th).
Multi-vehicle collision near the US321
intersection on E. Main Street in
Lincolnton about 11:30 last
Wednesday morning (June 10th).


Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


As the saying goes, 'it could have been much worse.  A Belmont man, James Phillip Caughron, will spend his 34th birthday in the Gaston County jail this Tuesday.  Caughron tried to elude police and ended up being arrested after a multi-vehicle collision near the US321 intersection on E. Main Street in Lincolnton about 11:30 last Wednesday morning (June 10th).

The chase that ended in the wreck started in Gaston County.  Police there did not confirm information we had received from unofficial sources that the Wednesday incident began as a carjacking, and that a passenger in the rear seat of the vehicle made a 9-1-1 call and the pursuit began.

What Gaston County Police Captain James Phelps did confirm is that Caughron was arrested on three counts of Felony Breaking and Entering, two counts of Felony Larceny after Breaking and Entering, two counts of Felony Possession of Stolen Goods and one count of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle--all from Cleveland County.

The chase Wednesday resulted in additional charges from Gaston County including Fleeing to Elude Arrest, Kidnapping, Possession of Methamphetamine.  He was also being held on a Probation Warrant.

Captain Phelps told us that Caughron had evaded capture by law enforcement multiple times in the past couple of weeks prior to Wednesday’s pursuit.  He said there’s an on-going investigation regarding numerous other property crimes in Gaston and surrounding counties in which Caughron is a suspect. 

He added, "We're asking for the public’s help with any information about Caughron or any other individuals involved with the theft of motor vehicles, trailers and other property crimes that have occurred in the area."  Anyone with information is asked to call the Gaston County Police CrimeStoppers tip line at 704-861-8000.

Caughron was given a $125,000 secured bond for his charges in Gaston County and a $75,000 secured bond for his charges out of Cleveland County.

The accident resulted in no serious injury.



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