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Asheboro man arrested after high-speed chase through Randolph and Chatham Counties

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of North Carolina

GREENSBORO – A North Carolina man who led deputies on a 75-mile high-speed chase in September was sentenced today to 151 months in prison, after pleading guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney Sandra J. Hairston of the Middle District of North Carolina.  

According to court records, a deputy with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling an area near Highway 220 in Randolph County on September 3, 2023, when he encountered an individual on a motorcycle approach, turn off his headlights, and accelerate quickly away. The deputy then pursued the individual, ADAM MICHAEL CLODFELTER, age 24, of Asheboro, for over 75 miles. CLODFELTER had no license plate and was recklessly switching lanes while reaching speeds of over 150 miles per hour. CLODFELTER was arrested after losing control of the vehicle and found to be in possession of a firearm, methamphetamine, a lock pick, and drug paraphernalia. At the time of the incident, CLODFELTER has previously been convicted of a crime with a term of imprisonment exceeding one year, rendering him ineligible to possess a firearm.

CLODFELTER was sentenced to a 151-month term of imprisonment by the Honorable William L. Osteen, Jr., United States District Judge in the United States District Court for the MDNC, to be followed by a 3-year term of supervised release. He pleaded guilty on January 3, 2024, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(C).

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, and the Asheboro Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Mary Ann Courtney.  

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


Updated June 3, 2024