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6/17/2020 3:10:00 PM
Suspicious Vehicle Leads To Brief Chase And Arrest
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. – On June 17, 2020 around 4 a.m. a deputy patrolling in the Riverwalk Apartment Complex in Denver observed a suspicious vehicle traveling with the headlights out.

The driver of an older model Oldsmobile apparently saw the deputy’s patrol car and exited onto Highway 73 at a high rate of speed. The car crossed a median and was driving into oncoming traffic when the deputy began pursuing the vehicle. The car traveled west on Highway 73 and turned onto North Little Egypt Road where he stopped on the side of the road.

As the deputy approached he observed the driver run from the vehicle onto Catawba Springs Road and began a foot chase. The chase went through a residential area and then into nearby woods where the officer lost site of the driver. The K9 unit from the Lincolnton Police Department was called in and tracked the man back to a residential area where the track was terminated.

A search of the vehicle turned up a .22 caliber pistol on the floorboard near the driver’s seat and a number of other items were located in the vehicle including an X-Box console, clothing and vehicle parts. Officers also located a billfold in the car belonging to Devin Mero Valdivia, 18, of Durango Way, Denver, NC and verified he was the driver of the car. Valdivia was later arrested and charged with felony speeding to elude arrest and misdemeanor resist, delay and obstruct a public officer. Valdivia was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $3,500 secured bond.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy D. Diberardino is the investigating officer.

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