Crime & Courts

Lincoln man accused of dragging officer

A Lincoln County man is accused of dragging a law enforcement officer with his car late Tuesday night.

The Sheriff’s Office said Jake Ellis Nelson, 20, of Sherrills Ford also spit blood on Sgt. John Brown.

The series of events began about 11:30 p.m., when a deputy reported seeing a vehicle fail to stop for a red light at the intersection of N.C. 16 and N.C. 73. The deputy said he got behind the vehicle, which made a left turn onto South Little Egypt Road.

The deputy said the car was speeding down the road and the driver almost lost control. The deputy turned on his blue lights, but he said the car’s driver refused to stop. The driver finally stopped the car near the end of the road.

The deputy said the driver initially refused to roll down his window as requested, then rolled it down part way. The deputy said he detected an odor of alcohol.

The deputy said he told the driver several times to get out of the car, without success. About that time, authorities said, Brown arrived to help.

Brown said he reached in the partially open window to unlock the door, so officers could remove the driver from the car. But officers said the driver put the car in gear and moved forward about 40 feet, dragging Brown’s feet and legs on the pavement.

Brown said the driver wouldn’t stop until he pulled out his stun gun.

Things didn’t improve when officers got the man out of the car, they said. The driver continued to struggle, they said, and spit blood on Brown at one point. Investigators said the leather had been scraped off the toes of Brown’s boots.

Authorities said the driver, identified as Nelson, was charged with assault on a government official, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, and malicious conduct by a prisoner. All three charges are felonies.

Authorities said Nelson also was charged with driving while impaired; possession of an open container of alcohol; resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer; possession of drug paraphernalia; failure to stop for a blue light and siren; failure to stop at a red light; and driving left of center.