A 15-mile chase through two towns ended with people in handcuffs on Thursday.
The pursuit went down Interstate 40 from Morganton and involved nearly a dozen patrol cars.
Public safety officers said it started with a traffic stop after they received a call about a suspicious car in the parking lot of the Christian Outreach Center. But they said when they tried to question the driver, he took off, leading public safety officers on a 15-mile chase.
At one point, the passenger door swung open. Investigators said a woman tried to jump out.
Amber Whisenant told Eyewitness News she wanted out of the car, which eventually wrecked along Interstate 40 into some trees near the town of Drexel.
The driver, Donnelle Cuthbertson, wouldn't answer any of Eyewitness News’ questions. Public safety officers said he faces a half-dozen charges, including felony fleeing to elude. After searching the car, narcotics officers said they found cocaine and marijuana.
Cutherbertson, Whisenant and another passenger all face possession of cocaine charges.
“At one point, the car kind of briefly stopped and something came flying out the window. We're looking for that evidence now as we speak,” said Chief Mark Tolbert with Morganton Public Safety.
The public safety chief said they do have a chase policy and, as with any pursuit, they will be reviewing everything they did Thursday to make sure it was followed.