Sheriff: One of ICSO's 'most wanted persons' captured after pursuit on four-wheeler

Posted at 4:42 PM on Jun 10, 2019

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

One of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office’s “Most Wanted Persons” was arrested on Friday, June 7.

Mocksville resident Joshua Rick Bass, 32, who was taken into custody after a pursuit on a four-wheeler, is a suspect in at least five cases in which all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were stolen from eastern Iredell County, Sheriff Darren Campbell said in a news release.

Bass had multiple outstanding felony arrest warrants for larceny of a firearm and possession of counterfeit instruments.

Deputies assigned to the ICSO Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team were in the area of Duck Creek Road on Friday evening attempting to locate Bass when they spotted the suspect riding a four- wheeler on Skyuka Road towards Moose Club Road, Campbell said.

The deputies attempted to stop Bass; however, he avoided them by driving the four-wheeler off-road and onto trails in the woods, according to the news release.

After pursuing Bass through the trails, the deputies caught him and took Bass into custody without further incident, Campbell said. Deputies checked the VIN Number on the four-wheeler he was operating and learned it had been reported stolen on June 5.

Detectives arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. As a result of the investigation, Bass was charged with four counts of felony larceny of a motor vehicle and felony breaking and entering. He was also served with the numerous outstanding warrants for possession of counterfeit instrument.

Bass was taken before Magistrate Tutterow, who issued an $83,000 bond on these charges.

On Saturday, June 8, deputies went to the Iredell County Detention Center to serve Bass with an additional warrant for felony flee to elude stemming from the events of the evening before, according to the news release.

While serving this warrant, Bass became belligerent in the Magistrate’s Office and began resisting, screaming and refusing to comply with deputy’s commands, Campbell said.

Magistrate Imes found probable cause for a charge of misdemeanor resist, obstruct and delay. Bass received an extra $50,000 bond for this charge, according to the news release.

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