Brian Kevin Cole

Brian Kevin Cole

FOREST CITY — A Forest City man is facing multiple charges after trying to evade law enforcement on a stolen motorcycle.

Brian Kevin Cole, 43, of Leach Road in Forest City, is charged with felony flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle, felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle and fictitious/altered title/registration card/tag.

According to Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis, Deputy Hunter Haynes was on patrol in Henrietta at Avondale Landfill Road when he saw a motorcycle driven by Cole. Francis said Cole’s registration plate wasn’t being displayed properly, which gave Haynes probable cause to initiate a traffic stop at Ellenboro-Henrietta and South Pea Ridge roads.

Cole then took off at a high rate of speed traveling on U.S. Highway 74 toward Cleveland County. The chase proceeded onto N.C. Highway 120 and then back on Highway 74 toward Forest City. Cole eventually went to a relative’s house on Oakland Road and attempted to run on foot, but Haynes was able to take him into custody.

“When it was further investigated, the registration plate was (found to be) invalid,” said Francis. “The VIN was also ran and it was reported stolen out of Buncombe County.”

Cole received a $30,000 secured bond and bonded out Monday night. His first appearance in court was Tuesday.

Cole has been arrested on multiple charges in the past including felony breaking and entering, larceny over $1,000 and obtaining property by false pretenses.