The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


January 22, 2014

Speeder sparks 4-county chase, reaching 105 mph

9-year-old child, AK-47, pot inside car

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — A Richfield man is behind bars after he led a trooper on a four-county chase, reaching speeds of 105 mph while a 9-year-old child was in the car.

According to the N.C. Highway Patrol, Nicholas A. Heidel, 28, fled a patrolman outside of Locust at N.C. Highway 24-27 at Pless Mill Road. Trooper H.A. Carpenter said he was attempting to pull Heidel over for going 68 mph in a 55 mph zone when the driver decided to flee the stop.

Heidel was clocked going 105 mph in a 35 and 45 mph zone along N.C. 24-27, Carpenter said. The 59-mile chase that began in Stanly County at 7:45 p.m. continued through Cabarrus, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties before Heidel ran out of gas in downtown Gastonia, Carpenter said.

Inside the 2008 Ford Taurus rental was the daughter of Heidel’s girlfriend, Carpenter said.

Also inside the car was an AK-47 assault rifle and 40 grams of marijuana, Carpenter said.

Heidel was charged with a number of offenses, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felonious possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and deliver, speeding to elude and misdemeanor child endangerment, and driving while license revoked, Carpenter said.

Heidel was jailed here under a $100,000 bond.

Call Ritchie Starnes at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28 or email ritchie@stanlynews


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