High-speed Carroll chase ends in arrest

By Allen Worrell - aworrell@civitasmedia.com

A Cana man has been arrested on multiple charges following a high-speed motorcycle chase on Memorial Day in Carroll County.

According to Deputy Jake Worrell of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, he was traveling south on U.S. 52 down Fancy Gap Mountain at approximately 3:45 p.m. May 30 when he witnessed two motorcycles that appeared to be racing northbound up the mountain. Worrell said he tried to initiate a traffic stop near the parkway bridge.

“They pulled into a parking lot and stopped and when I was getting ready to get out they took off down Ranger Road,” Worrell said. “I activated my siren and blue lights and they ran a stop sign at Ranger Road and the (Blue Ridge) Parkway, then they turned north on the parkway passing multiple vehicles on a double yellow line at an extremely high rate of speed.”

Worrell said one of the motorcycles continued north on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the intersection of Orchard Gap Road. The other motorcycle pulled over before taking off again and turning south on the Parkway on Orchard Gap Road. At that point, the chase reached dangerous levels.

“We went down Orchard Gap Mountain and turned left on Old Dominion Road. There were pedestrians on Old Dominion that had to move out on the way,” Worrell said. “Then he turned on Old Schoolhouse Road after it went into Patrick County. And then at intersection of Willis Gap and Old Schoolhouse Road, he stalled his bike and turned it over, at which point I arrested him.”

Worrell said the suspect didn’t resist arrest. The U.S. Park Police were able to arrive on scene within a few minutes as well as the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office. The Surry County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Department had also been notified of the chase and had been asked to assist at the state line.

Worrell arrested Roy Tyler Mayes, 20, of Cana at the scene and charged him with felony eluding, reckless driving – racing, running a stop sign, and not having a valid license (Mayes didn’t have a motorcycle license). Additionally, Worrell said Mayes was also issued a summons from the U.S. Park Service for federal charges stemming from the Blue Ridge Parkway chase.

After further investigation, Worrell said there are outstanding warrants against the driver of the other motorcycle involved in the chase. Worrell said Mayes was uninjured when his bike turned over.

At one point, pedestrians had to move out of the way of motorcycle chase

By Allen Worrell