Police Chase Starts With AEDC Police

A North Carolina man is being held in the Franklin County Jail without bond after leading law enforcement on a trip around the northern area of the county. According to authorities, AEDC Police pursued a vehicle for speeding, but the speeder took off and led police onto UTSI Road into the Estill Springs area. While on that road he reportedly struck a couple of vehicles and then turned around and fled. Randy Scott Copeland of Mooresville, North Carolina, was later found hiding behind a tree near the VFW on Highway 127 by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Chuck Stines. He was arrested and charged with 7 crimes…including leaving the scene of an accident, failure to give immediate notice of an accident, DUI, violation of implied consent, failure to stop, reckless endangerment and evading arrest. He is due to appear in general session court Aug. 6.