Iredell County deputies have arrested two men in connection with a high-speed chase on Interstate 77 and a breaking-and-entering in Harmony.
Charlotte resident Trishtan Philemon Johnson, 24, and Miquan Limik Smith, 25, of Iron Station, are both charged with multiple felonies and were in the Iredell County Jail on Friday.
Deputies responded to a breaking-and-entering call Thursday morning on West Memorial Highway in Harmony. A witness told deputies a suspect was driving a black Nissan Altima with tinted windows.
A short time later, an Iredell County sergeant saw the vehicle driving south on Interstate 77. He pulled the vehicle over and identified Johnson as the driver. While checking Johnson’s ID, the sergeant discovered he was wanted by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina.
Johnson sped away, police said.
The sergeant pursued on I-77 toward Statesville, during which he observed a passenger throw a black bag from the passenger side window. Other deputies responded to the location and found two stolen guns in the bag that were used in a breaking-and-entering incident off Tatum Road and another from a residence in Davie County, authorities said.
Johnson was later stopped off Knox Street in Statesville, but not before the passenger ran from the vehicle. Deputies used a dog to track and catch the passenger, who was identified as Smith.
After obtaining a search warrant for the Altima and a residence off Knox Street in Statesville, deputies discovered an assortment of stolen jewelry, three handguns and electronics all worth more than $5,000, police said.
Smith has been charged with two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. More charges are expected from neighboring counties, police said.
Johnson is charged with two counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm and fugitive warrant. Again, more charges are expected from neighboring counties.
Smith’s bond was set at $80,000; Johnson was under $130,000 bond.