A man and woman from Clyde were arrested Wednesday after a police chase in the Jonathan Creek area ended with a collision into a home’s storage shed.
The chase commenced when a Haywood County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a car occupied by Micah and Emily Mathis, 25 and 24 respectively, due to driver Micah Mathis having a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear on pending drug charges.
When the deputy tried to pull them over, the 2012 Chevy Equinox turned onto Jay Bird Lane off Jonathan Creek Road. The road has no outlet and Micah Mathis drove across a yard toward a fence, and the chase ended when his vehicle rammed into a storage shed.
Tommy Cooper, who has lived on the Jay Bird Lane property for over a decade, didn’t seem too upset over the damage to his shed, but he relayed his eyewitness account of the chase with enthusiasm.
“I was just in the back yard, and I heard it and thought it was on [Jonathan Creek Road], and then it came right through,” he said.
Cooper lives in the home with his son, Alexander. He was inside when he heard the sirens and ran out.
“It just went right off to the right side of the house and right into the shed like a hand going into a glove,” he said.
Following the chase, Micah Mathis was charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, as well as causing damage to personal property. Emily Mathis was only charged with aiding and abetting the fleeing to elude arrest.
While Emily Mathis doesn’t have a large criminal history, Micah Mathis has been arrested in Haywood County numerous times over recent years for alleged crimes including drug charges, weapons charges and violent offenses.
Emily Mathis was released on $1,000 bond, but Micah Mathis is being held on $120,000 bond. Micah Mathis is scheduled to appear in court on July 7 and Emily Mathis is scheduled to appear July 22.