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Robbery Suspect Leads Deputies On 20 Mile High-Speed Chase

Posted May 20, 2005

— A Chatham County man is being held in jail on a $175,000 bond after allegedly leading deputies on a 20 mile high-speed chase Thursday.

Authorities said that Rodney Bartshe Jr., 22, of Siler City, was also involved in an armed robbery of the Kangaroo convenience store on U.S. 64 in Chatham County around 1 a.m. Thursday.

A chase began around 7:30 p.m. Thursday when a deputy noticed a pickup truck that fit the description of one used in the robbery at the Kangaroo store.

A deputy and other law enforcement officers continued the chase into Randolph County, then back into Chatham County. It ended in Alamance County near Snow Camp when the suspect wrecked and attempted to flee on foot, Chatham deputies said.

Bartshe was charged with several offenses, including: two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, felonious larceny of a motor vehicle, felonious eluding arrest, driving while impaired and driving while license revoked

He was jailed under a $175,000 secured bond on all charges and is scheduled to appear in Siler City district court on June 14.


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