Zach Wailes
Zach Wailes
October 1, 2013



Two Carroll County teens who allegedly stole vehicles, a camper and food in their run from arrest last month will plead guilty to some of the crimes, according to court records.

Zach Wailes, 19, of Breda, and Josey Wilson, 19, of Carroll, face multiple felony charges for a crime spree in three area counties in which they allegedly escaped arrest three times - including once from a high-speed chase with sheriff's deputies - on July 8 and 9.

They were eventually arrested hiding in an upstairs bathroom of a Grand Junction house after a resident there telephoned a tip to law officers.

Wailes - who faces more than a dozen charges - intends to plead guilty to three felonies and one serious misdemeanor, according to Carroll County court records. Each of the felonies is punishable by up to five years in prison. Prosecutors hope to arrange a joint plea and sentencing for the charges Wailes faces in Carroll, Calhoun and Greene counties, the records show.

A court hearing for the pleas has not been set.

Wilson is charged with felony burglary and theft in Greene County, and he is set to plead guilty to unspecified charges Oct. 18, online court records show.

The teens are accused of escaping a high-speed chase in a stolen pickup truck with Carroll County Sheriff's deputies on July 8, eluding capture again from a campsite in Calhoun County northwest of Lake City, and fleeing from sheriffs and deputies July 9 at Spring Lake State Park in Greene County before their arrest later that day at the Grand Junction house.

Both had outstanding arrest warrants before the alleged theft spree for failing to appear in court - Wailes for a drug possession charge in Carroll County and Wilson for a trespassing conviction in Shelby County in which he owed more than $11,000 restitution.