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Police Chase Stolen Tow Truck 05.06.20 (NC)


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Tennessee man arrested in Lexington after high speed chase on Wednesday



A Tennessee man has been arrested after a multi-county high speed chase in a rollback tow truck that ended at the Lexington Golf Course on Wednesday morning.


According to Trooper Ned Moultrie with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, at 8:48 a.m. Wednesday a Highway Patrol trooper attempted a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 601 in Davie County. The tow truck driver failed to stop and a chase ensued into Rowan County and then Davidson County.


The vehicle continued down U.S. Highway 64 into Lexington on Center Street to Weaver Drive into the country club area. Officers were able to apprehend the suspect without incident on Country Club Boulevard just past the Lexington Golf Course Clubhouse, when the driver drove onto the golf course.


The driver was identified as Thomas Richard Weinblatt with a last known address in Tennessee.


Moultrie said no officers or residents were injured during the incident, although two patrol cars and a parked vehicle were damaged during the chase. Law enforcement deployed stop sticks on several occasions, which resulted in deflating the tires of the vehicle, but the driver continued to flee.


J.J Fashimpaur, manager of the Lexington Golf Course, said due to the current COVID-19 restrictions there was less than normal foot-traffic and luckily no one was in the roadway at the time of the chase.


“We were very lucky because normally this would be our busiest time of the morning and there would have been a lot of people crossing here,” Fashimpaur said.


The tow truck had a logo for Davis Towing of Asheville. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, including a possibility the vehicle was stolen.


Weinblatt is facing charges of felony speeding to allude, felony assault on a government official, driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, as well as, several traffic offenses.


Responding agencies were the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Davidson County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington Police Department.




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This is a very dangerous p.o.s. he's been in and out of prison for over half of his life.

I know because I am still legally married to him.

He's wanted here in Crossville TN for robbery.

He stole over $10,000 worth of stuff from his own two sons  I'm so glad they got him. Thank you very much North Carolina hwy patrol, Davidson county Sheriffs dept.and Lexington police.

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