Three people were arrested following a high-speed chase of larceny suspects that ended in a vehicle fire in Gaston County, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Rashna Nicole Pressley, 32, of Charlotte was charged with felony counts of larceny, habitual larceny, possession of stolen goods, fleeing to elude arrest, two counts of felony conspiracy, damage to property, speeding, reckless driving and using a fictitious license plate. 

Authorities said she also had outstanding charges from Mecklenburg County. Pressley is being held in lieu of an $80,000 secured bond for the Lincoln County charges and a $22,000 secured bond for the Mecklenburg County charges.

Ronald Ervin Hicks, 48 and Shadon Alrey Giles, 46, both of Charlotte, were charged with felony larceny, two counts of conspiracy and felony possession of stolen goods.

Hicks receive a $30,000 secured bond, and Giles is being held in lieu of a $50,000 secured bond.

The sheriff’s officer provided the following account:  

Deputies were contacted around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday by Walmart security and told two people left the store with multiple electronic items without paying.

Law enforcement located the vehicle as it was trying to leave the store located on NC 73. They saw three suspects and two 43-inch televisions that had reportedly been stolen in the car.  

The car took off with one suspect’s legs still hanging out the passenger door.

Deputies tried to stop the vehicle but it continued west on NC 73 and turned onto NC 16 South.

The suspect vehicle was moving well above the speed limit for about six miles before a transmission malfunction occurred and a fluid leak set the vehicle on fire. The driver then brought the burning car onto the median and all three suspects got out of the car.

Deputies noted some evidence burned in the vehicle; two other items fell out of the car during the chase and were recovered.

Pressley was identified as the driver of the vehicle.

All three suspects are scheduled to appear in court June 21.

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