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.

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