Driver in stolen truck leads authorities in wild chase, crashes into patrol cars

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A Piedmont Triad man is facing a DWI and other charges after police said he led authorities on a wild chase through Guilford County in a stolen box truck early Wednesday morning. Gibsonville police said 39-year-old Kirk Ferriola, of Yadkinville, had been involved in a wreck that happened in Alamance County and was taken to Alamance County Regional Medical Center.

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Investigators said Ferriola left the hospital against medical advice and allegedly stole a yellow box truck from a nearby business in Burlington.

Load Error Gibsonville officers said they saw Ferriola driving the truck west on Burlington Road without headlights or tail lights, and when they attempted a traffic stop, Ferriola failed to yield to police and continued driving.

Police said Ferriola made a hard left turn onto North Carolina Highway 61, nearly flipping the truck, and continued traveling toward Interstate 40. The vehicle entered I-40 westbound where Ferriola continued to travel from one side of the road to the other at speeds up reaching 75 mph, police said. Officers said Ferriola then took the South Elm-Eugene exit and Gibsonville police were joined by deputies from Guilford County Sheriff’s Office in the pursuit after one of their vehicles was struck by the box truck.

Investigators said Ferriola eventually came to a stop in the box truck at the end of Sebastian Road, where it was partially driven into a wooded area. As officers were exiting their patrol vehicle, police said Ferriola starting backing up in the truck at a high rate of speed, striking a Gibsonville patrol vehicle and moving it backward about 20 feet and into a Guilford County patrol vehicle. Police said Ferriola then reversed course, drove forward and crashed into a wooded area, where he ultimately was taken into custody by Gibsonville officers and Guilford County deputies.

Ferriola is being treated at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro for injuries that were either sustained in the first, second or both crashes. He is charged with driving without two headlamps, failure to heed lights or sirens, driving while impaired, failure to stop at a stop sign, felony flee to elude arrest, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, two counts of injury to personal property, felony possession of stolen property and reckless driving to endanger. READ THE FULL STORY:Driver in stolen truck leads authorities in wild chase, crashes into patrol cars

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