A Mount Airy, N.C. man and woman wanted for armed robbery in North Carolina have been arrested in Carroll County after a high-speed chase that crossed state lines into Virginia on Sunday night.
According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, his office received a call at approximately 9:52 p.m. on Sunday that the Mount Airy Police Department was in pursuit of a gold-colored Chevrolet Lumina coming from Mount Airy northbound on Interstate 77 toward Carroll County.
“The vehicle was wanted by North Carolina authorities for armed robbery from a person and grand larceny, and that the occupants should be considered armed and dangerous,” Gardner said Monday in a press release. “The car was reported as traveling over 100 miles per hour. The Lumina then crossed into Virginia and exited I-77 at Exit 1 (Lambsburg), where it entered into Carroll County.”
Gardner said the vehicle then traveled Old Pipers Gap Road for a short distance before turning onto Flower Gap Road. The car was met at the intersection of Flower Gap Road/Apple Ridge Road by Deputy Eric Sain and Chief Deputy Gary Bourne, where spike strips were deployed. The vehicle was able to avoid spike strips as it entered Apple Ridge Road. The pursuit was then taken over by Carroll County Chief Deputy Gary Bourne, Deputy Trevor Carico, and Deputy Rocky Dalton.
“The vehicle continued to be pursued on Apple Ridge Road, then onto Brushy Fork Road heading toward U.S. 52. At this time Deputy Eric Sain was able to once again deploy spike strips at the Brushy Fork/Wood Creek Road intersection,” Gardner said. “The spikes were effective this time as both front tires were flattened. The vehicle continued to travel onto a long driveway, through a yard, down a roadway into a secluded wooded area until the roadway was blocked by a fence. At this time the vehicle could not travel any further.”
Gardner said arrested at the scene was Cody Aaron Mills, 28, of Pine Ridge Road in Mount Airy. The sheriff said the pursuit resulted in charges in Carroll County for felony eluding police, obstruction of justice, reckless driving, resisting arrest, no operator’s license, driving under the influence of drugs, and being a fugitive from justice in North Carolina. Mills will be extradited back to North Carolina, where he faces charges of grand larceny, felony eluding police and armed robbery.
Gardner said Tiffany Nichole McDonald, 29, of Lovell Street in Mt. Airy, was also arrested from inside the vehicle and will be extradited back to North Carolina to face charges of grand larceny and armed robbery as well.
“Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. D.A. Walls also assisted, along with different agencies which included National Park Service Ranger Jeff Hunter, Virginia State Police Trooper M.A. Cochran, Trooper A. Vaughan, Trooper K. Cheeks, and Trooper Bryan Phipps. Mount Airy Police Department and Surry County Sheriff’s Office personnel were also at the scene to assist,” Gardner said. “Both Mills and McDonald are being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.”