Brittney Burns – Staff Writer
A high speed chase ended in one arrest on Monday afternoon near Green Street in Franklin. William Dale Sheffield, 37, of Franklin, was arrested and charged with failure to stop at a stop sign/red light, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, driving left of center, improper passing, fleeing/elude arrest with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, simple assault, communicating threats, felony probation violation.
Macon County Sheriff’s Officer Anthony Hopkins was responding to a call regarding suspicious vehicles on 441 South just before 3 p.m. on Monday when dispatch advised one of the vehicles had left heading northbound on 441. Dispatch reported the vehicle, identified as a sliver Subaru, was all over the roadway. When Hopkins located the vehicle off of Belden Circle, he observed it running a stop sign from Dryman Road onto Roller Mill Road, at which point he activated his lights and sirens and began pursuing the vehicle headed west.
During the pursuit, the Subaru ran several stop signs and crossed over the double yellow lines while traveling at a high rate of speed. Hopkins’ incident report stated that during the chase, the Subaru driver would brake abruptly nearly causing Hopkins to rear-end the vehicle. The Macon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Franklin Police Department and Highway Patrol who helped to set up a perimeter in attempt to stop the fleeing vehicle.
Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy Blake Buchanan located the Subaru, which had stopped behind a law office near Green Street in Franklin. Several law enforcement officers surrounded the vehicle which was occupied by a male and female. The driver, which was later identified as William Sheffield, had attempted to flee on foot and was apprehended by Deputy Buchanan.
While investigating the scene, a small blue box was located along with multiple syringes, along with a spoon, lighter, tweezers, two white pills, chapstick and a small orange plastic baggie containing what appeared to be a small round piece of cotton. The items were found behind the law office building.
According to court documents, Sheffield has a history of assault on officers dating back to June 2013. Several convictions show multiple arrests involving assault with a deadly weapon on government officials. He is currently listed as a felon in North Carolina and was last released from incarceration in June 2016.
Sheffield was booked into the Macon County Detention Center on a $30,000 bond. The female was not charged.