by: Blake Hanson Updated:IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. —
The man taken into custody following a police chase and standoff Thursday knew one of the officers who helped negotiate a peaceful end.
Authorities say James "Keith" Call faces numerous charges after he stole a dump truck and led police on a chase that ended on Interstate 77. After crashing the truck into a guardrail, he forced law enforcement into a standoff that lasted nearly three hours, police said.
Negotiators worked the scene until they caught a break.
"Once I realized who [the suspect] was, I talked to him," said Lt. Doyle Summers, of the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.
Summers grew up with Call. Although not a trained negotiator, he began talking with Call while he was still in the truck's cab, often holding a gun to his head.
"A couple of times he told me, ‘Turn your head.’ He was going to do it," Summers said.
Summers said Call was on a three-way phone call with his wife and two children when his wife told him to turn himself over to Summers. Call dropped the gun out the window and hugged Summers as he gave up.
"I assured him that nobody was going to touch him but me," Summers said.
Call was involuntarily committed to Davis Regional Medical Center but released Friday afternoon. He made an initial appearance before a judge.
Call faces charges of robbery by dangerous weapon, fleeing to elude, possession of stolen goods, resisting an officer and more in Iredell County. He also faces a charge in Alexander County, where authorities say he stole the truck from.
As of Friday afternoon he was being held at the Iredell County jail on $355,000 bond.
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