NC State Highway Patrol troopers arrest pair connected with Lyft carjacking in Atlanta


The NC State Highway Patrol has placed two individuals in custody after a police chase beginning on US-321 resulted in a crash and foot pursuit in Lincolnton.

State Highway Patrol attempted to pursue the vehicle after clocking a passing Infiniti QX60 driving 83 mph in a 65 mph zone. Initial attempts to conduct a traffic stop led to an ensuing chase during which troopers ran the registration tags and determined that they did not belong to the Inifiniti.

The pursuit continued as the vehicle exited onto Gastonia Highway/US-321 Business but resulted in a crash soon after on Lithia Park Dr.

The Inifiniti was determined to have sideswiped a Chevrolet Silverado it was trying to pass which caused it to run off the road before overcorrecting, crossing into the opposite lane and striking a culvet.

The individuals in the Silverado were uninjured and the driver and passenger in the Inifiniti exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot but were both arrested a short time later.

The vehicle was later connected with the armed carjacking of a Lyft driver which had occurred in Atlanta and the suspects matched the description of the individuals taken into custody.

Kenton Monteal Johnson, 23, was determined to be driving the Infiniti and was charged with speeding, a seatbelt violation, having a fictitious registration plate, reckless driving, driving left-of-center, improper passing, speeding in excess of 120 mph, resisting arrest, no operator’s license, felony fleeing to elude, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of firearm by a felon.

Haleem Coneliuos Gilliland, 19 and from Charlotte, was the passenger in the vehicle and was charged with a seatbelt violation, hit and run as a passenger, resisting arrest, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Both suspects are being held at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center without bond as the NC State Highway Patrol works with the Atlanta Police Department’s Special Enforcement Robbery Unit to share information related to these cases.


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