Manhunt For Hit & Run Suspect
A manhunt continues in Polk County Monday night, after the suspect in a hit and run accident led police on a car chase, wrecked his car and fled on foot.
At approximately 5:15 Sunday evening Highway Patrol says Jason Brady, 36, was driving recklessly on Interstate 26 and attempted to change lanes when it sideswiped a Chevrolet with 4 people - including two young children - inside.
One victim went to the hospital with injuries after the car slammed into a guardrail.
Officials say Brady's Subaru Outback spun out, but he was able to regain control and speed away.
The Columbus Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle on US Highway 74 and after the vehicle failed to stop, a chase ensued.
Driving at speeds of up to 85 miles per hour, Brady led officers onto Fox Mountain Rd, onto Smith Waldrop Rd, onto NC Highway 9 South and finally abandoned the vehicle on Will Green Rd.
Officers believe Brady may have fled to the Hendersonville area.
Brady has outstanding warrants for his arrest on charges including felony fleeing to elude arrest, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, assault on a law enforcement assistance animal, failure to heed blue light and siren, reckless driving, speeding 85mph in a 40mph zone, possession of stolen property, driving while license revoked, driving while impaired, injury to property, resisting arrest and other charges.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Jason Brady is encouraged to contact the Columbus Police Department at (828) 894-5464 or dial 911.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol investigated the initial collision. The Columbus Police Department was assisted in the pursuit by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Polk County Sheriffs Office.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.