SPD: Ohio man jailed after high-speed chase on Salisbury Highway

Posted at 6:50 PM on Jan 17, 2019



An Ohio man was jailed in lieu of a $520,000 bond on Thursday after his arrest on multiple charges following a high-speed chase by a Statesville police officer. 

Around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, a patrol officer was passed by a vehicle traveling east on Salisbury Highway in excess of 65 mph, according to a Statesville Police Department news release.

The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver, identified as Sammie Lee Barnett, 33, of Norwalk, Ohio, continued traveling east on Salisbury Highway at a high rate of speed, police said.

While in pursuit of the vehicle, the officer observed the driver throwing multiple items out of the window, according to the news release. The driver also crossed over the median and traveled the wrong direction in the westbound lane of traffic, police said.

Barnett turned into the entrance of Shavers Wood Products, where he was blocked by a closed gate. When the officer pulled in behind the vehicle, he exited his patrol car and told the driver to exit the vehicle, according to the news release.

At that point, Barnett accelerated his vehicle in reverse, colliding with the front of the patrol car, police said. Unable to flee, he then exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident.

Officers searched the vehicle and located an open container and several narcotics related items, according to the news release.

The vehicle had been reported stolen and had a fictitious plate, police said.

SPD telecommunications advised officers that Barnett had outstanding warrants from Ohio for methamphetamine-related charges, according to the news release.

Barnett was charged with felony flee to elude, resist/obstruct officer, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, damage to property, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of stolen vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container and multiple traffic violations. He was transported to the police department for felony processing and then taken to the Iredell County Detention Center.

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