Evidence seized by the SPD.


A Statesville man faces numerous charges after crashing a vehicle while fleeing a Statesville police officer early Wednesday morning.

Tayvon Cauthen

The Statesville Police Department announced the arrest of Tayvon Delon Cauthen, 20, of Cherry Street, Statesville, in a news release.

About 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, an SPD officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation in the area of Old Charlotte Road, police said.

A short vehicle pursuit ensued after the driver failed to stop and fled from the officer, according to the news releases. During the pursuit, the suspect drove through a yard on Concord Avenue, damaging property. 

The driver — identified as Cauthen — then crashed the vehicle at the dead end of 5th Street Extension and fled on foot, according to the news release.

Assisting officers arrived on scene and began a search for the driver. Officers located Cauthen and took him into custody without incident, police said.

During the investigation and subsequent search of the vehicle, officers recovered and seized over 200 grams of marijuana, 10 dosage units of MDMA/Fentanyl mixed, two bottles of Promethazine Hydrochloride, an open container of alcohol, and over $1,200 in cash, according to the news release.

Cauthen was charged with numerous drug, alcohol, and traffic related offenses, including felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, felony maintain a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substances, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony possession of a schedule I controlled substance (MDMA), felony possession of a schedule II substance (Fentanyl), possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule I controlled substance, and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

He was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center, where a magistrate set his bond at $55,000.