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Man charged with driving under influence took police on chase near Catawba College

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was charged with driving while impaired after an officer suspected he was under the influence. The man took the officer on a vehicle pursuit, foot chase after striking a tree with his vehicle, Salisbury Police said.

Police charged Randall Jermaine Jones, 36, of the 600 block of West Horah Street, with misdemeanor driving while impaired, misdemeanor resist, obstruct, delay an officer; felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. The officer initially tried to stop the vehicle near Catawba College, said police Lt. Greg Beam.

The driver, later identified as Randall Jones, failed to stop and took officers onto Ellis and West Henderson streets. The chase continued in a cul-de-sac on Circle Drive where the driver jumped out of the vehicle with it still running. The vehicle struck a tree. Police said Jones continued running, but was apprehended in the 700 block of West Henderson Street.

He refused to allow officers to conduct a sobriety test so officers had to obtain a search warrant for a blood test that was performed at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Jones was issued a $5,000 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County jail.