NC man accused of dragging officer, spitting blood on him

Jake Nelson

Jake Nelson

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — A Sherrills Ford man is accused of dragging a Lincoln County officer and spitting on him during a traffic stop Tuesday night.

Deputies told WSOC-TV that 20-year-old Jake Nelson was driving on Highway 73 when he ran a red light at Highway 16 around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

When a deputy tried to get behind the car, police said Nelson made a quick turn onto South Little Egypt Road at a high rate of speed, nearly losing control.

When the deputy tried to get Nelson to pull over, they said he would not stop the car until he came to the dead end of the road.

Authorities said the deputy walked up to the car, but that Nelson refused to roll his window down or get out of the vehicle.

Once Nelson partially rolled down his window, the deputy said he could detect a strong odor of alcohol.

Sgt. J Brown with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrived to help. Police said Brown reached through the window to unlock the door and the suspect started driving off, dragging the officer about 40 feet.

Officers said Brown hit the suspect several times in an attempt to get him to stop the car but Nelson only stopped once Brown pulled his Taser out.

Nelson was then pulled out of the car but officers said they continued to struggle with him before finally placing handcuffs on him. Police said Nelson also spit blood on Brown.

Paramedics responded to check on Nelson, but he refused treatment.

Deputies said Nelson refused to provide a breath sample and a warrant was issued to draw blood.

Nelson was charged with one felony count each of assault on a government official, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and malicious conduct by a prisoner. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of failure to stop at a red light, failure to stop for a blue light and siren, left of center, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an open container of alcohol,  resist, delay and obstruct a public officer, driving while impaired and driving after having consumed a sufficient amount of alcohol.

He was booked into the Lincoln County Jail under an $18,000 secured bond.

Read full story: WSOC-TV