Alleged robbery suspect leads officers on high-speed chase

Andrea McIlwan

An alleged robbery suspect was apprehended Wednesday following a high-speed chase from Winston-Salem, through Yadkin and into Wilkes County. Yadkinville Police assisted in the arrest of the Winston-Salem suspect Wednesday night after a 28-mile pursuit into Wilkes County.

Yadkinville Police officers were responding to assist Winston-Salem Police inbound to Yadkin County via U.S. 421 to deploy tire deflation devices. Winston-Salem Police terminated their pursuit at the Yadkin County line at mile marker 249 and Yadkin County deputies were unable to intercept the suspect vehicle in time.

The chase was re-initiated by Yadkinville Police officers at the city limits of Yadkinville at mile marker 255.

Yadkinville Police officers reported speeds of 120 mph and items being thrown from the suspect vehicle as they coordinated with Wilkes County deputies to deploy tire deflation devices at mile marker 281.

Wilkes County deputies successfully deployed tire deflation devices and the vehicle was disabled at about two miles further.

Yadkinville Police and Wilkes County deputies were able to arrest the driver, Andrea Denard McIlwan, 41, of Winston-Salem, for multiple criminal violations and warrants including absconding from probation. McIlwan was turned over to Wilkes County deputies for processing.

Yadkin County deputies responded back to the area where Yadkinville Police officers reported items thrown from the suspect vehicle and located a black revolver pistol, which was seized as evidence.

Multiple criminal charges are being filed by Yadkinville and the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office regarding the pursuit and weapons violations.

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