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May 6, 2021

Motorcyclist charged after chase

By Jessie Burchette
jburchette@salisburypost.com
A Trinity teenager led police on a motorcycle chase that reached 125 mph on N.C. 150 before running red lights at two busy intersections, crashing and running on foot.
He now has a date with a Rowan County District Court judge.
A shot from a Taser finally stopped Daniel Lee Worrell, 19, of 4024 Kynwood Drive.
Trooper R.T. Coward of the N.C. Highway Patrol was going west on N.C. 150 around 1:30 p.m. Friday when he met the motorcyclist coming east.
Coward estimated the speed of the biker at 125 mph.
The trooper turned around and attempted to stop the biker, who he observed crossing left of center three times.
Trooper Coward said the biker ran red lights at Sherrills Ford Road and at Jake Alexander Boulevard before trying to make a turn onto a street off N.C. 150.
First Sgt. B.E. Hower said as the biker attempted to make the turn, he hit his brakes and the bike fishtailed.
Hower said the patrol car then came up beside the cycle and there was contact.
The bike, a 2007 Suzuki, went off the right side of Mooresville Road and flipped, throwing the driver off.
Hower said Worrell fled on foot with Coward in pursuit.
The chase ended when Coward fired his Taser, stopping Worrell.
A woman who witnessed the incident thought a gun had been fired and called 911 to report gunshots.
That ratched-up the police response, but Sgt. Hower said there was no gunfire.
Worrell is charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest and resisting a public officer.
His bond was set at $2,500 with his first appearance set for Tuesday in Rowan County District Court.
Contact Jessie Burchette at 704-797-4254.

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