SALISBURY — Two individuals have been jailed, a sheriff’s deputy was dragged for 50 ft and one other misplaced a hoop finger Tuesday throughout a chase that began at a Meals Lion on Statesville Boulevard.
Jeffrey Wayne Massey, 49, of Rockwell faces seven counts of assault on a authorities official with a lethal weapon, felony flee to elude, assault with a lethal weapon inflicting severe harm, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has a legal historical past that features serving time in jail for second-degree homicide in Davidson County.
Michelle Lynn Hamby, 46, faces two counts of assault on a authorities official, felony possession of crystal methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and aiding somebody fleeing arrest.
The chase began round 11 p.m. Tuesday when Sgt. J. Naves and deputy J. Lutz pulled into the rear parking zone space of the Meals Lion at 2104 Statesville Blvd. and noticed a rented 2021 Volkswagen Passat activate its headlights and drive away. An incident report states there have been no registration plate lights on the automobile and it wasn’t attainable to learn the license plate.
The deputies stopped the Passat, pushed by Massey, behind the Meals Lion retailer on Holly Avenue. The incident report states Massey’s automobile dragged Lutz about 50 ft because it fled the scene of the cease. Lutz acquired accidents to his head, knuckles, wrists, fingers, elbows, knees, proper ankle and proper shoulder.
Whereas an incident report doesn’t specify the route of the chase, the pursuit reached speeds greater than 120 mph, lasted 20 minutes and coated greater than 20 miles. Massey is accused of passing autos within the reverse lane of journey and failing to heed cease indicators or site visitors lights. The report states occupants of the automobile, Massey and Hamby, tossed gadgets out of the Passat in an try to gradual sheriff’s deputies down and drove straight at deputies throughout the chase.
Freeway Patrol troopers used spike strips on the Passat. Naves carried out three PIT maneuvers, which goals to abruptly flip a automobile sideways. The final one was profitable.
As regulation enforcement officers compelled Massey to the bottom, deputy Okay. Peoples’ left ring finger was amputated. An incident report doesn’t present particulars about how the finger was amputated.
Massey and Hamby in addition to the 2 injured deputies have been transported to Rowan Medical Heart for assessments and commentary after the chase. All 4 have been launched.
Massey remained in jail Wednesday with a bond of greater than $1 million. Hamby remained in jail with a $25,000 bond.
Chief Deputy David Ramsey on Wednesday mentioned the Rowan County Sheriff’s Workplace acquired info previous to the chase that Massey supposed to attempt to commit “suicide by cop.”