Narcotics officer’s arm caught in door as suspect flees Lincolnton traffic stop

Harvey Eugene Boyd
Harvey Eugene Boyd Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

A Mount Holly man was arrested on drug charges Friday after a chase that started with a narcotics officer’s arm lodged in the passenger-side window and ended with the suspect’s car breaking down.

Narcotics detectives initially stopped Harvey Eugene Boyd, 52, in the 1900 block of Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton. The officers saw what appeared to be crack cocaine lying on the center console, according to a report from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect partially rolled down the window but locked the doors and refused the officers’ orders to come out of the vehicle, according to the report.

One of the officers put his arm through the passenger side window and tried to unlock the door, the report said. The suspect rolled up the window, temporarily lodging the detective’s arm inside.

The officer was able to free himself before the vehicle left the scene, the report said.

The driver fled south on Gastonia Highway into Gaston County with the officers in pursuit. A mechanical failure caused the suspect’s vehicle to stop before it reached exit 17 on U.S. Highway 321, the report said.

The detectives seized what they believed to be crack cocaine as well as drug paraphernalia, according to the report.

Boyd is charged with one felony count each of speeding to elude arrest and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of assault of a government official, resisting arrest, careless and reckless driving, driving while license revoked and other charges.

He was being held at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center on a $20,000 secured bond.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms