Pictured above: Matthew Bundy – Picture courtesy of the Statesville Police Department
Around 0440hrs this morning, Monday February 4 2019, an SPD Crime Reduction Team Officer initiated a traffic stop on a silver Chevrolet Trailblazer for a vehicle equipment violation. The vehicle, which was occupied by a driver and two passengers, initially stopped but as the officer approached the vehicle, it fled onto I-40 heading east. The vehicle traveled to Wilkesboro Hwy and exited, at which time the officer observed it stop on the exit ramp and the two passengers exited the vehicle, which fled a second time. The officer remained with the passengers and relayed to dispatch that the suspect vehicle was heading south on N Center St.
Moments later, the vehicle crested the hill near Center St and Stockton St and a Patrol Officer and the on-duty Patrol Captain, who were heading north on N Center St, were passed by the southbound suspect vehicle. As officers attempted to turn around on the vehicle, it went through the red light on Water Street, almost colliding with a vehicle, at which time the suspect vehicle began fishtailing and lost control. Officers observed the vehicle strike a flowerbed and travel into the driveway of Risto’s Place and Twisted Oak before it struck a low brick wall and overturned. There were no officers engaged in an active pursuit at the time of the crash, as the closest officers were turning around at that time.
The suspect, who was identified as 36-year-old Matthew Robert Budney, had minor cuts on his arm but refused EMS treatment on scene. Budney was taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital for medical clearance prior to being transported to the Iredell County Jail. Officers searched the vehicle and located a bag containing methamphetamine. Budney was taken before Magistrate Nethken and given a $10,000 secured bond for the charges of felony speed to elude arrest, felony possession of methamphetatime and possession of drug paraphernalia. Budney was also issued multiple citations for traffic violations, vehicle equipment violations and driving while license revoked. The two passengers received no charges and were released on scene.