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Woman caught in Catawba after 2-county chase

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- Catawba County Jail photo
Catawba County authorities have accused Angela Dale, 26, of Morganton, with fleeing deputies overnight. (Catawba County Jail photo.)

A 26-year-old Burke County woman faces charges in Catawba County after allegedly leading law enforcement officers on a two-county chase Wednesday.

She is accused of running over the foot of a police officer and dragging another officer in an effort to get away.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office said Angela Dale, 26, of Morganton, was taken into custody in a neighborhood in Long View, southwest of Hickory. She was captured after 3 a.m. Wednesday, several hours after police began pursuing her.

The series of events began in Claremont, according to deputies.

Police in that town pulled over a green Mercedes on suspicion that the vehicle had stolen license tags. The driver took off, police say, but was stopped a short time later on Cobb Road.

The driver, identified by deputies as 30-year-old Jason Shook of Conover, was taken into custody.

But police said that while they were at the scene, the passenger in the Mercedes suddenly slid into the driver’s seat and began to pull off. As she pulled away, she ran over the foot of a Claremont officer, according to police.

Another officer was dragged several feet until he could pull his arm out of the driver’s side window, authorities say.

With police in pursuit, the driver of the Mercedes took off. Police say the pursuit nearly resulted in a crash on Bunker Hill Road, but they say the driver escaped into Iredell County.

About an hour later, Catawba County sheriff’s deputies were called about a hit-and-run collision near Long View. They spotted the vehicle, a Mercedes, and began pursuit again.

After chasing the car through a neighborhood, deputies say the driver finally stopped at a church and ran into the woods.

Deputies called in the K-9 dog search units and looked for the woman, finally finding her.

Catawba County officials say Dale faces a range of charges, including two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a public officer; two counts of resisting an officer; possession of stolen goods; and fleeing to elude arrest.

Dale has a previous record of fleeing to elude arrest. She is on probation after being charged in April with fleeing to elude arrest and drug possession in Catawba County, according to state prison records.

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