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Updated: 5:59 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 | Posted: 8:08 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013
GASTON COUNTY, N.C. —
A man is charged with kidnapping three women and leading police on a chase in Gaston County on Thursday night.Channel 9 was with police overnight as they wheeled Fred Byrd in front of a magistrate.Byrd is not a stranger to police. Channel 9 uncovered a lengthy criminal record that date back to 1982.He is now charged with assault, kidnapping and numerous traffic charges after Thursday's incident.Police were initially called to a house on 4th Avenue after receiving a call reporting an assault.Authorities eventually caught up with Fred Byrd at a store on Gaston Avenue.When police tried to stop Byrd, he got in a car and took off.Police said he had three women in the car at the time.Police chased Byrd down Highway 321, and at one point one of the women in the car jumped out.She told police Byrd was threatening her with a hunting knife.Byrd then crashed into a utility pole near Highway 321 and Highway 85.When Channel 9 saw Byrd go before a magistrate overnight he was in a wheelchair with a mask covering his face.According to the warrant, Byrd spit on an officer and security guard at the hospital.His criminal record shows he has been convicted for assaulting police twice before, and for speeding to get away from officers on two occasions as well.He is scheduled to be back in court Friday afternoon.
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