Pictured above: Sammie Barnett – Picture courtesy of the Statesville Police Department
On January 16, 2019 around 1906hrs, an SPD patrol officer was passed by a vehicle traveling east on Salisbury Hwy in excess of 65mph. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, however the vehicle did not stop and continued traveling east on Salisbury Hwy at a high rate of speed. While following the vehicle, the officer observed the driver throwing multiple items out of the window and the driver also crossed over the median, traveling the wrong direction in the westbound lane of traffic.
The driver turned into the entrance of Shavers Wood Products and was stopped due to a closed gate. When the officer pulled in behind the vehicle, he exited his patrol car and told the driver to exit the vehicle. The driver accelerated in reverse, colliding with the front of the patrol car, but was unable to flee at which point he exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.
Officers searched the vehicle and located an open container and several narcotics related items. The vehicle had been reported stolen and had a fictitious plate. SPD Telecommunications advised officers that the driver, identified as Sammie Barnett, also had outstanding warrants out of the state of Ohio for methamphetamine related charges.
The driver, 33-year-old Sammie Lee Barnett of Norwalk OH, was arrested and charged with felony flee to elude, resist/obstruct officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, damage to property, possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of stolen vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container and multiple traffic violations. Barnett was transported to the police department for felony processing and then taken before the Magistrate at the Iredell County Jail. Magistrate Thompson issued a secured bond of $520,000 for the charges.
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