ROCKINGHAM — A young man is facing both felony and misdemeanor charges after allegedly leading deputies on a chase with a stolen motorcycle.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Community Impact Team were in East Rockingham Tuesday, Nov. 29 when they noticed a motorcycle that matched the description of one that was reported stolen.
The investigators attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver, 18-year-old Zakiem Lamar Giles, of Rockingham, reportedly refused to stop and led them on a short pursuit that ended in Mizpah Road.
Giles allegedly jumped off the motorcycle and ran but was caught after a short distance.
The motorcycle was reported stolen on Nov. 23, according to the sheriff’s office.
Giles was arrested and charged with one felony count each of larceny of motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing to elude arrest. He was also charged with resisting a public officer and cited for six traffic violations, including not having a motorcycle endorsement.
Giles was booked into the Richmond County Jail where he was still being held Thursday, Dec. 1 under a $75,000 secured bond.
He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 8 on the criminal charges and Jan. 27, 2023 on the traffic violations.
Online court records show Giles also has a pending charge of resisting a public officer in Moore County.
All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.