High Speed Chase Ends with Two Subjects Air Lifted

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High Speed Chase Ends with Two Subjects Air Lifted

High Speed Chase Ends with Two Subjects Air Lifted
West Jefferson, N.C. – Sheriff B. Phil Howell announces the
arrest of 2 suspects after larceny at Walmart in West Jefferson
results in a high-speed chase.

On December 19th, 2022, West Jefferson PD was dispatched to
Walmart regarding a male and female who had stolen two
carts of merchandise. Detective Hicks with the Ashe County
Sheriff’s Office was in the area and responded to assist with
the call. After initiating blue lights and sirens, the subject, later
identified as Cassie Eades, failed to heed the lights and sirens.

The pursuit led to a chase through West Jefferson onto NC HWY 163. Detective Hicks, West
Jefferson PD Sgt. Muldowney and Detective Dillard traveled on HWY 163 to attempt
apprehension of the suspects. Eades exceeded the speed limit by more than 40 mph during the
chase, endangering many individuals while reaching extreme speeds and passing several
vehicles on a double yellow line. The chase ended after Eades overturned her silver BMW
several times, coming to rest in the roadway. 911 Dispatch was notified of the wreck, and Ashe
Medics were on the scene shortly. Both driver and passenger, later identified as James Jackson
of Elkin, were airlifted to separate hospitals and released the following day.


Cassie Marie Eades of Yadkinville, NC, was later charged:
• Felony- Fleet & Elude Arrest
• Misdemeanor- Fail to heed light and siren
• Misdemeanor – Reckless Driving
• Misdemeanor- Driving while license revoked
• Misdemeanor- Larceny ( Charged by WJPD)
Cassie was booked in Forsyth County under a $3,000 secured bond and later released
James Ray Jackson of Elkin, NC, was later charged:
• Misdemeanor- Larceny (Charged by WJPD)