Crime & Courts

Medical call ends in Stanly drug arrest

What began as a call to help a motorist turned into a narcotics arrest last week in Stanly County, authorities say.

Gregory Woodruff Hieter, 27, of Winston-Salem, was arrested on both traffic and drug charges, according to the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office.

The case began with a call to help a motorist with a possible medical problem on West Church Street in Richfield, deputies said. They said Hieter initially refused help from emergency medical personnel.

But authorities said the N.C. Highway Patrol responded and took Hieter into custody for driving while impaired.

Deputies then seized Hieter’s vehicle and obtained a search warrant. They reported finding several items that resulted in drug charges.

Hieter was jailed on four counts of trafficking heroin or opium; two counts of possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and maintaining a vehicle for the use or sale of controlled substances.

He was jailed under $1 million bond and has an initial court appearance scheduled April 28, deputies said.