A vehicle chase covering over 20 miles ends after the tires were deflated.  Morganton PSO’s received a call of a disturbance on Alexander Avenue in Morganton.  Dispatch informed responding units that Phillip Parson had been in a disturbance with his mother and had left the residence armed with a large knife and hammer, in his mother’s truck.  Officers were familiar with Parson and his previous, mental health disturbances, where he had threatened the use of firearms in February, 2016 and May, 2016. 


Parson was spotted by PSO Storie at the intersection of Sanford Drive and North Green Street.  When PSO Storie attempted a traffic stop, Parson fled in his mother’s 2007 Ford Truck.  PSO Storie and Capt. J. Whisnant pursued Parson onto South Sterling Street, where the pursuit became a felony due to careless and reckless driving while speeding 15mph over the posted limit. 


The pursuit continued onto Interstate 40 east with speeds topping 85mph.  Valdese Police Department deployed spike strips at mile marker 112, which deflated two of the tires on the fleeing vehicle.  The chase continued on Interstate 40 East to mile marker 119 where Parson pulled into the median and surrendered. 


A large, fixed blade knife was found in the truck along with a hammer that was described by Parson’s mother. 


Parson was charged with:


-Felony Speeding to Elude Arrest


-Assault on a Female


-Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle



Parson is being held at Burke Catawba Jail under a $20,000 secured bond.  His first court date is 06/20/2016


Phillip Craig Parson, 54 years old.