Richmond County sheriff’s deputies and N.C. Highway Patrol troopers on Saturday were involved in a high-speed motorcycle chase into South Carolina and back.
The chase started when Trooper J.C. Lindley attempted to pull over Tony Brooks Helton II for having a blue light on his motorcycle and weaving in and out of traffic on U.S. 74 Business in Rockingham. Helton also had a passenger with him.
Troopers say Lindley lost sight of Helton, but deputies soon joined the pursuit after clocking him at 120 mph in a 45 mph zone on Airport Road.
Deputies say Helton cut through the IGA parking lot and onto Sandhills Road, crossing the center line and passing traffic in a no-passing zone. He then ran a stop sign, cut through a convenience store parking lot and back onto Airport Road.
Deputies say Helton ran another stop sign and “threw something in a plastic bag” which was never found.
Helton proceeded into Marlboro County, South Carolina, ran another stop sign, turned around and drove back into Richmond County, according to deputies.
After passing more vehicles, deputies say Helton slowed down to 60 mph and attempted to make a call on his cellphone.
The chase came to end near East Washington Street when Helton ran out of gas. Deputies say they had to remove him from his motorcycle after he refused to get off.
Helton was charged with multiple violations including eluding arrest, resisting a public officer and driving while license revoked. The passenger was not charged.
— William R. Toler