Oakley police chase following car theft ends in crash, charges for mystery suspect


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    There is new information Monday about a police chase around noon Sunday that ended in a crash.

    The suspect is listed on court documents as John Doe, and police say he won’t give any information about his identity.

    We were able to find a mugshot listed under John Doe, matching his charges. The mug shot lists his alias as Victor Garmin Beggs.

    On Sunday morning at approximately 9:47 a.m., the Asheville Police Department responded to a call about a 2018 Subaru Impreza stolen from outside a Haw Creek home.

    GPS showed police the car had been taken to the Bleachery Boulevard Walmart. An officer responded to Walmart, where they saw people returning to the Impreza.

    When the officer approached the car, the driver fled the scene, striking a bystander as well as two other vehicles, in the parking lot.

    The person struck had minor injuries, and wasn't taken to the hospital.

    The officer radio'd for assistance. Another officer responded, seeing the Impreza on Swannanoa River Road, heading toward Fairview Road.

    At some point, the suspect struck the second officer's vehicle.

    Photo provided to WLOS with permission

    A short pursuit ensued and ended on Ridge Road in Oakley when the suspect crashed the car into a tree. The driver was transported to Mission for non-life threatening injuries.

    The suspect remains unidentified and is being held on a $40,000 bond.

    Photo provided to WLOS with permission

    "John Doe" is charged with the following:

    • Financial card theft
    • Larceny of a motor vehicle
    • Attempt to obtain property under false pretense
    • Injury to personal property
    • Flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle

    Ryan Kemmy lives in the area. He told News 13 he witnessed an officer at the scene jumping out of his car and running down the hill.

    He also says other neighbors say the chase was up to 70 miles per hour in their neighborhood, and there were five police cars in pursuit of the suspect.

    Neighbors think the suspect might have turned onto Ridge thinking he could cut through the neighborhood--but the road is a dead end.

    The incident remains under investigation.

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