Lincolnton, NC ( L TOWN RADIO )
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three people following a
late night chase that ended in Gaston County when the suspect vehicle caught fire. Sheriff’s deputies were contacted around 11:45 p.m. on June 19, 2019 by Walmart security that two individuals left the store with a number of electronic items without paying. Officers located the vehicle as it was attempting to leave the parking lot at 7131 NC 73 Highway. The vehicle was occupied by three individuals and officers were able to identify two 43 inch televisions that had been reported stolen. The vehicle took off with
one person’s legs still hanging out of the passenger door. Blue lights and sirens were activated but the vehicle traveled west on Highway 73 then turned onto NC 16 South.
The driver of the car was traveling well above the posted speed limit for about six miles before the vehicle had a malfunction of the transmission and the fluid leak set the vehicle on fire. The driver was able to steer the burning vehicle into the median and all three individuals were able to exit the car. Deputies placed the suspects in custody. Some of the evidence burned in the vehicle while two of the items fell out during the chase and
The driver, Rashna Nicole Pressley, 32, of Charlotte, NC was charged with felony larceny, felony habitual larceny, felony possession of stolen goods, felony fleeing to elude arrest, two counts of felony conspiracy, damage to property, speeding, reckless driving, and using a fictitious license plate. She was also served four outstanding warrants and a criminal summons out of Mecklenburg County. She is under an $80,000
secured bond on the Lincoln County charges and a $22,000 secured bond on the Mecklenburg County charges.
Ronald Ervin Hicks, 48 and Shadon Alrey Giles, 46, both of Charlotte, NC were charged with felony larceny, two counts of conspiracy, and felony possession of stolen goods. Hicks was jailed under a $30,000 secured bond while bond for Giles was placed at $50,000 secured. The three suspects will have a first appearance hearing in Lincoln County District Court on June 21, 2019. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Charlie District officers investigated the incident.