Officer shoots into car after man drives away during traffic stop

(L-R) Kenneth Pinkney Jr., S.W. Houle

(L-R) Kenneth Pinkney Jr., S.W. Houle

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man was charged and an officer was put on administrative duty following a police pursuit in Winston-Salem on Sunday night.

Winston-Salem Police Patrol Officer S.W. Houle was conducting a traffic stop on South Stratford Road around 10:30 p.m. Sunday when he “developed reason to believe controlled substances might be located inside the vehicle,” police said in a news release.

Officer Houle opened the driver’s door of the 2000 Mercedes ML430 and told Kenneth Lamont Pinkney Jr., 30, to exit the vehicle.

Pinkney accelerated and drove away from the scene with Officer Houle still holding onto the driver’s door.

Officer Houle drew his weapon and fired a single round into the Mercedes.

Pinkney drove away and his whereabouts were unknown until around 10:45 p.m. when officers spotted him driving north on Jonestown Road.

When Pinkney spotted the officers, he drove the vehicle off the roadway and into a heavily wooded area adjacent to 1525 Jonestown Road.

Moments later, officers took Pinkney into custody without further incident.

Neither Pinkney nor Officer Houle were injured.

Kenneth Pinkney Jr., 30, of Winston-Salem, has been charged with felony speeding to elude arrest. He is being held at the Forsyth County Detention Center under an $8,000 secured bond.

Officer Houle has been placed on administrative duty while an investigation is completed.

The Winston-Salem Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call 336 773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336 727-2800.

15 comments

  • Tim

    I dont agree that a shot should have been fired, but if the officers safety was put in jeopardy, then fire away….The man held no remorse for the officers safety by speeding away, so lucky for them both, neither was injured. Hopefully this man will spend alot of time behind bars to pay for his crimes.

  • Joe

    Funny how the guy wasn’t charged with possession of the alleged controlled substances. I’d drive off too if I felt my life and liberty were in danger by some overly zealous cop trying to haul me in on trumped up charges. The cop put himself in danger by opening the car door. Unless drugs were in plain sight, he needed to have consent or a search warrant to search the car.

  • Rick Yokeley

    KENNETH L PINKNEY
    Offender Number: 0742702
    Inmate Status: INACTIVE
    Probation/Parole/Post Release Status: INACTIVE
    Gender: MALE
    Race: BLACK
    Ethnic Group: AFRICAN
    Birth Date: 02/01/1984
    Age: 30

    Name(s) Of Record

    Name Type
    PINKNEY KENNETH COMMITTED
    PINKNEY KENNETH L COMMITTED
    PINKNEY KENNETH LAMONT COMMITTED
    PINKNEY JR KENNETH LAMONT COMMITTED

    Most Recent Incarceration Summary

    Incarceration Status: INACTIVE Total Incarceration Term: 5 YEARS 8 MONTHS
    Conviction Date: 03/19/2007 Projected Release Date: 09/11/2011
    Primary Crime: AWDW GOV OFFICERS/EMPLOYEES (PRINCIPAL) Primary Crime Type: FELON
    Special Characteristics: REGULAR Current Status: N/A
    Admission Date: 03/23/2007 Admitting Location: PIEDMONT CI
    Control Status: REGULAR POPULATION Next Control Review: UNKNOWN
    Custody Classification: MINIMUM 1 Next Custody Review: 01/01/2012
    Current Location: FORSYTH COUNTY Previous Location: FORSYTH CC
    Last Movement : EXPIRATION Last Movement Date: 09/11/2011

    Escapes?: N

    Offender Sentence History

    Most Recent Period of Incarceration Record

    Sentence Number: BC-001 Commitment Type: INMATE
    Conviction Date: 03/19/2007 County Of Conviction: FORSYTH
    Service Status: EXPIRED Sentence Begin Date: 03/19/2007
    Actual Release Date: 09/16/2008
    Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS Projected Release Date: 09/16/2008
    Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
    Minimum Term: 1 YEAR 8 MONTHS Maximum Term: 2 YEARS

    INITIAL 06043102 AWDW GOV OFFICERS/EMPLOYEES (PRINCIPAL) 06/18/2006 FELON CLASS F

    Sentence Number: BC-002 Commitment Type: INMATE
    Conviction Date: 03/19/2007 County Of Conviction: FORSYTH
    Service Status: EXPIRED Sentence Begin Date: 09/16/2008
    Actual Release Date: 05/14/2010
    Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS Projected Release Date: 05/14/2010
    Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
    Minimum Term: 1 YEAR 8 MONTHS Maximum Term: 2 YEARS

    CONSECUTIV TO SENTENCE NUMBER BC-001 07050793 AWDW GOV OFFICERS/EMPLOYEES (PRINCIPAL) 01/22/2007 FELON CLASS F

    Sentence Number: BC-003 Commitment Type: INMATE
    Conviction Date: 03/19/2007 County Of Conviction: FORSYTH
    Service Status: EXPIRED Sentence Begin Date: 05/14/2010
    Actual Release Date: 09/11/2011
    Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS Projected Release Date: 09/11/2011
    Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
    Minimum Term: 1 YEAR 4 MONTHS Maximum Term: 1 YEAR 8 MONTHS

    CONSECUTIV TO SENTENCE NUMBER BC-002 07050786 POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON (PRINCIPAL) 01/22/2007 FELON CLASS G
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 06043101 SPEED ELUDE ARREST/ATTEMPT/SEC (PRINCIPAL) 06/18/2006 FELON CLASS H

    Sentence Number: BC-004 Commitment Type: INMATE
    Conviction Date: 07/28/2004 County Of Conviction: FORSYTH
    Service Status: EXPIRED Sentence Begin Date: 03/19/2007
    Actual Release Date: 04/21/2008
    Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS Projected Release Date: 04/21/2008
    Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
    Sentence Type 2: PROBATION REVOCATION
    Minimum Term: 1 YEAR 3 MONTHS Maximum Term: 1 YEAR 6 MONTHS

    CONCURRENT TO SENTENCE NUMBER BC-001 03027161 POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON (PRINCIPAL) 06/23/2003 FELON CLASS G

    Previous Period of Incarceration Record

    Sentence Number: BB-001 Commitment Type: INMATE
    Conviction Date: 10/29/2001 County Of Conviction: FORSYTH
    Service Status: EXPIRED Sentence Begin Date: 08/04/2003
    Actual Release Date: 09/04/2004
    Punishment Type: ACTIVE SS Projected Release Date: 09/04/2004
    Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
    Sentence Type 2: PROBATION REVOCATION
    Minimum Term: 1 YEAR 1 MONTH Maximum Term: 1 YEAR 4 MONTHS

    INITIAL 01052754 AWDW GOV OFFICERS/EMPLOYEES (PRINCIPAL) 03/15/2001 FELON CLASS F
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 01052754 POSSESS WITS SCHEDULE II (PRINCIPAL) 03/15/2001 FELON CLASS H
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 01052754 SPEEDING ELUDE ARREST OR/ATTEM (PRINCIPAL) 03/15/2001 FELON CLASS H
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 01052758 AWDW GOV OFFICERS/EMPLOYEES (PRINCIPAL) 03/15/2001 FELON CLASS F

    Most Recent Period of Supervision Record

    Sentence Number: 02-001 Commitment Type: PROBATION/PAROLE
    Conviction Date: 07/28/2004 County Of Conviction: FORSYTH
    Punishment Type: INTERMEDIATE SS
    Sentence Type 1: PROBATION
    Sentence Type 2: SUSPENDED SENTENCE
    Sentence Type 3: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS

    INITIAL 03027161 POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON (PRINCIPAL) 06/23/2003 FELON CLASS G

    Previous Period of Incarceration Record

    Sentence Number: BA-001 Commitment Type: INMATE
    Conviction Date: 10/29/2001 County Of Conviction: FORSYTH
    Service Status: EXPIRED Sentence Begin Date: 11/26/2001
    Actual Release Date: 02/28/2002
    Punishment Type: INTERMEDIATE SS Projected Release Date: 03/26/2002
    Sentence Type 1: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
    Sentence Type 2: IMPACT
    Sentence Type 3: SPECIAL PROBATION (SPLIT)
    Split Sentence Active Term: 4 MONTHS

    INITIAL 01052754 ASSAULT WDW EXEC/LEGIS OFFICER (PRINCIPAL) 03/15/2001 FELON CLASS F
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 01052754 POSSESS WITS SCHEDULE II (PRINCIPAL) 03/15/2001 FELON CLASS H
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 01052754 SPEEDING ELUDE ARREST OR/ATTEM (PRINCIPAL) 03/15/2001 FELON CLASS H
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 01052758 ASSAULT ON EXEC/LEGIS OFFICER (PRINCIPAL) 03/15/2001 FELON CLASS F

    Previous Period of Supervision Record

    Sentence Number: 01-001 Commitment Type: PROBATION/PAROLE
    Conviction Date: 10/29/2001 County Of Conviction: FORSYTH
    Punishment Type: INTERMEDIATE SS
    Sentence Type 1: PROBATION
    Sentence Type 2: SUSPENDED SENTENCE
    Sentence Type 3: DEPT OF CORR DIV OF PRISONS
    Sentence Type 4: IMPACT

    INITIAL 01052754 ASSAULT WDW EXEC/LEGIS OFFICER (PRINCIPAL) 03/15/2001 FELON CLASS F
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 01052754 POSSESS WITS SCHEDULE II (PRINCIPAL) 03/15/2001 FELON CLASS H
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 01052754 SPEEDING ELUDE ARREST OR/ATTEM (PRINCIPAL) 03/15/2001 FELON CLASS H
    CONSOLIDATED FOR JUDGMENT 01052758 ASSAULT ON EXEC/LEGIS OFFICER (PRINCIPAL) 03/15/2001 FELON CLASS F

    You think there might be a pattern developing here?

    • kim

      What does his prison record have to do with an officer shooting into the car? Honestly, the officer knew when he pulled him over and ran his tag of his past. This probably made him uneasy from the start. Just call for backup and do your job. He could have easily killed him when he shot into the car. It could have been avoided if his reaction was different!

  • carthos walker

    What kind of pinhead jumpsinto defend a creep like this, hmmm I’ m guessing an anti police racistthat has nothing better to do than cry foul. I get people like this in my office all the time thinking I’ll sympathize with them because I’m half black . However they don’t realize that the true statistics on white verses black racism are actually very low. Black verses white racism incidents are over 70 percent . If nothing I’ve been empowered by the fact that I’m ‘ black ‘ and have a strong work ethic. By the way my mother was black and worked two jobs to help me get my PHD.

    • kim

      The only pin head seems to be you. I didn’t say I agrred with what he did and how am I defending him. Furthermore, who cares what race you or anyone commenting is? Who cares that you have a degree and you know statistics. I do too but who cares??????????? I don’t know how anyone walks into your office wanting help from you when it’s obvious you have issues going on within yourself. You don’t have to have a degree to have a strong WORK ETHIC!!!!!!!!!!! Great job promoting yourself, I guess if you don’t no one else will and I see why!

    • Kim

      Carthos, clearly you don’t have a life. I’m entitled to express my opinion. My cause and effect skills are just fine. Every comment doesn’t have to have your point of view. Put on your big boy pants and just allow people to express themselves whether you agree or not.You don’t have to respond to every comment!

  • JDee

    The officer doesn’t need to have consent or a warrant to search the car if there is a plain smell of drugs in the air or if he can plainly see drugs or paraphernalia. It’s easy to figure this out … the officer stops the car, walks up, either smells or see drugs or paraphernalia, asks the driver to step out, driver obviously doesn’t want to get caught so he floors it, officer is caught up in the door, officer has every right to defend his life, driver dumps drugs/paraphernalia/money before he is caught at another location. If he had nothing to hide, why not just let the officer get on with his job?

  • insanewayne00

    we do not have a right, even as a group to initiate violence on others simply because they possess a substance that we do not agree with… even if it is called “the law”….

  • Dopple

    If the officer was able to get a clean shot off without endangering anyone else he should have unloaded on the Mercedes. Maybe then he could have stopped this individual from ever committing another crime.

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