On January 10, 2021, Deputy Hunter Haynes with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office was having supper with his family before starting his tour of duty at Big Dave’s Restaurant in Forest City when a patron of the restaurant rushed to Haynes’ table and told Haynes there were people outside throwing firecrackers at other patrons of the restaurant. Haynes quickly left his family and his meal to investigate the incident. As Haynes was about to exit the restaurant he was given a brief description of the vehicle and the NC license plate number.
As Haynes exited, the restaurant Haynes saw the suspect vehicle speed off through the parking lot of the restaurant. Haynes got into his marked patrol car and went after the suspect car. Haynes had briefly lost sight of the vehicle, but caught back up to the vehicle a short time later. Haynes verified this to be the suspect vehicle from eyewitness description and the matching NC registration plate.
Haynes attempted to stop the suspect vehicle by activating his blue lights and siren but the vehicle took off. Haynes notified the Rutherford County Communication Center of this traffic and requested assistance from other officers.
The suspect driver led deputies of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and the Forest City Police Department on a 30-mile chase covering both Rutherford and Cleveland counties before stopping back in Rutherford County.
Once stopped deputies and officers were able to secure and arrest three (3) individuals; Xavier Demetri Davis of Charlotte NC, Denisha Revone Jones of Charlotte NC and James William Boyce of Forest City NC.
Davis was charged with; Possession of Cocaine, Possession with intent to sell deliver marijuana, contributing to delinquency of juvenile X’s 2, felony flee to elude arrest, aggressive driving, speeding, fail to heed lights/siren, possession of pyrotechnics. Davis also had multiple outstanding warrants from Mecklenburg County.
Jones was charged with; Resist public officer, Possession of Cocaine, Possession with intent to sell deliver marijuana and contributing to delinquency of juvenile X’s 2. Jones also had outstanding warrants from Mecklenburg County.
Boyce was charged with; Carrying a concealed weapon (gun) and possession of control substance in jail.