WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man is facing hefty charges after police say he led them on a chase into the heart of downtown Winston-Salem.
Officers say they were conducting a narcotics investigation when they tried stopping a white Chevrolet Caprice near Reynolda Road and Northwest Boulevard. There, they say the suspect, 25-year-old Devontae Ravon Ford, collided with two unmarked police vehicles.
A chase started east on Northwest Boulevard before investigators say Ford turned South on University Parkway toward downtown.
They say Ford made it to Marshall and Fourth streets where he encountered heavy traffic. With nowhere to go, Ford was arrested.
“Cuffed him, questioned him and they were tearing apart the car,” said Adam Rishak, who works near the corner of Fourth and Marshall.
Ford was taken into an ambulance where he was treated. It appeared bandages on his hand had been there before the chase started.
“Right here on the corner, right where we work every day,” Rishak said.
Along the chase route, officers discovered a gun near the side of Northwest Boulevard. Officers were seen removing a bullet from the chamber and a loaded magazine from the firearm.
A press release later said that a Ruger 9mm was seized, as well as 10 grams of heroin.
“Turn a blind eye to it until it’s happening on your corner,” Rishak said, of the drug activity.
No officers were hurt.
Ford now faces charges of trafficking heroin, assault with a deadly weapon on law enforcement officer and felony speeding to elude.
His bond hearing was still pending.