Police: N.C. man leads York County police on chase, lawnmower in tow

adouglas@heraldonline.comOctober 12, 2012 

— A 30-year-old Gastonia man led police on a short car chase from Gaston County, N.C., to his father’s house in Clover where he was arrested for possession of marijuana, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.

Gideon Ephruim Johnson was driving a blue 1972 GMC pickup with a riding lawnmower in tow Thursday when Gaston County police started the pursuit because the truck and lawnmower had been reported stolen earlier in the day, the report states.

After police arrested Johnson, they found nine bags of marijuana totaling 6.6 grams in the truck, the report states. The vehicle and lawnmower belong to Johnson’s father.

During the chase, the report states, Johnson jumped out of the truck and ran into a wooded area behind his father’s home on Bellaire Circle in Clover.

The sheriff’s K-9 unit searched the woods and later found Johnson inside his father’s house, the report states.

Johnson has been charged with possession of marijuana and intent to distribute. He was in jail awaiting bail Friday morning, according to the sheriff’s website.

Johnson will not be charged with stealing the truck or lawnmower unless his father chooses to press charges, the report states.

Anna Douglas 803-329-4068

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