A Fayetteville man's parked car was stolen from near Soul Train early Saturday afternoon, but it was recovered in Columbia and a suspect was arrested a few hours later.
Roderick Foxx told police he drove to the front of Soul Train on Verona Avenue, got out of his 1989 white Chevy Caprice, and walked a short distance away, according to Lewisburg Police Cpl. Jackie Robertson. Foxx then saw a man run to the car and drive away.
Police were called at 11:53 a.m. Robertson spotted the car on North Ellington Parkway, turned around and followed it. A dispatcher confirmed it was the stolen vehicle, Robertson tried to stop it, using blue lights and siren.
The driver didn't respond and continued toward Columbia on Highway 50. Police Chief Chuck Forbis said Robertson eased off to avoid a highspeed chase. Other law enforcement agencies were called for help.
State Trooper Will Spivy and a Maury County deputy joined the search, Robertson said. Eventually the car stopped at an apartment complex and the driver was arrested. Forbis said a "stop stick" was deployed to prevent the suspect from driving further.
William F. Smith, 33, of Malibu Canyon Drive, Columbia was taken to the Marshall County Jail and charged with theft of a vehicle, felony evading, driving on a suspended license (sixth offence), and violation of the open container law. His bond was set at $12,500. He's due in Lewisburg City Court on Nov. 8. The car was towed by Southern Towing to its lot on 2nd Avenue North.