Police searching for Norton man after Gate City police chase

A Norton man who led police on a high speed pursuit through Gate City and was charged with multiple felonies escaped from a hospital Monday night.

Gate City Police attempted to stop a black Chevrolet Cavalier traveling south through Gate City on U.S. Highway 23 on Monday when the driver ran from police.

A brief chase ensued with the driver reaching speeds above 90 mph. The officer was able to give dispatch the car's tag information, the car struck a median and crashed into another occupied vehicle in Weber City.

The driver was identified as Ace Moppin Rose, 35, Norton.

Gate City police reportedly found several types of drugs and drug paraphernalia in Rose's car including meth, several meth pipes and other powdery substances. A number of watches, weapons and possibly stolen radio equipment was also allegedly found in the car.

Rose and the crash victim were both transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Rose was charged with two counts of felony possession of Schedule I or II narcotics, felony unlawful bodily injury, felony possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, reckless driving/endangering life and driving on a revoked driver's license.

Other charges are pending upon results from the forensic science crime lab.

Rose left the hospital sometime Monday night, and police are currently on the hunt for his whereabouts. He has several outstanding felony warrants for his arrest. He is considered dangerous, and police believe he will run again, risking the lives of the public at large.

If you have any information about Rose, please contact the Gate City Police Department at (276) 690-0755 or dispatch at (276) 386-9111.



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