Suspect arrested, accused of stealing dump truck and leading police on chase through Mecklenburg Co.

Suspect arrested, accused of stealing dump truck and leading police on chase through Mecklenburg Co.

PINEVILLE, N.C. (WBTV) – Police arrested and charged a man who they said led authorities on a chase while driving a stolen dump truck Monday.

Brett James Catoe, of Lancaster, S.C., is now in police custody in Cabarrus County. He is charged with felony fleeing to elude, felony possession of stolen vehicle and resisting, obstructing, and delaying-misdemeanor.

According to the Pineville Police Department, a 911 call came in at 8:10 a.m. Monday regarding a stolen construction vehicle being driven around in the city.

Authorities said the vehicle was reported stolen out of Lancaster, S.C. The man who was driving it failed to pull over for pursuing officers, according to the PPD.

The chase continued on the Interstate 485 outer loop to the Mint Hill area, eventually stopping near the railroad tracks on Highway 24/25 and Alvin Hough Road.

Police said the dump truck jumped onto the railroad tracks and the man drove it about one mile back into the woods.

The man got out of the dump truck and took off.

A construction vehicle stolen out of Lancaster, S.C. was driven into the woods following a chase with Pineville police.

A construction vehicle stolen out of Lancaster, S.C. was driven into the woods following a chase with Pineville police.

It’s been a bizarre day for law enforcement and people living in this part of Cabarrus County.

WBTV talked to plenty of neighbors, but one woman was on a mission to keep her kids safe and help find the suspect.

Jamie Tiptone said, “It was quite a shock this morning when I opened the door and there were cops all over the place out here and k-9 dogs.”

“Well, it’s kind of scary,” said Millis Hough.

While some people living on Alvin Hough Road choose to lock their doors and keep a lookout, others took a more active approach to help find the man who at the time had just led law enforcement on a low-speed highway chase and dumped a near million-dollar dump truck in the woods.

Kim Fredell said, “we have the four wheelers out, we’re going to patrol our area and our woods right here, and just make sure he ain’t trying to get into our buildings and everything.”

Less than 15 minutes after our interview, Kim Fredell spotted the suspect leisurely reading a magazine on a neighbor’s front porch and reported it to deputies down the road.

I talked to her again moments after police arrested, Brett James Catoe of Lancaster County, South Carolina.

Fredell said, “me and the girls were riding four-wheelers, you know looking for him like I said I was gonna be doing and sure enough he’s sitting on the front porch and that’s my friend my son’s friends I knew they he didn’t belong there.”

Fredell said it took deputies less than a minute to apprehend Catoe after she told them about him. Catoe was arrested around 1pm Monday and WBTV was on scene moments later.

“I’m glad they took my word and come up here to checked it out real quick because he could have got gone real quick,” said Fredell.

Jonathan Monthgue said, “It’s a very, very quiet street, not much really happens, if something happens, everyone knows.”

Fredell tells me she wasn’t afraid the suspect would come after her because she was on a four-wheeler.

“I feel good, job well done, I’m a momma keeping a look out for my kids around here,” said Fredell.

Catoe was arrested without incident and will be facing criminal charges in Mecklenburg County.

Police said no injuries have been reported and the construction vehicle will be seized.

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