Man gets 7 years in prison after ramming police car
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison on charges that he rammed an unmarked police car with his vehicle, almost hitting several officers.
James Lavon Simon, 36, of 1360 N. Cherry St., pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.
He also pleaded guilty to resisting a public officer, fleeing to elude arrest, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a vehicle for the purposes of delivering cocaine.
The charges stemmed from an incident on March 23, 2012. Assistant District Attorney Aindrea Pledger said that a confidential informant told Winston-Salem police that a drug sale would be occurring at the Fairway One Stop Gas Station at 584 W. Northwest Blvd involving a car matching the car that Simon was driving.
Officers in two unmarked cars tried to box Simon’s car to conduct a narcotics investigation. Simon reversed his car and then put it into drive, Pledger said. He rammed the two unmarked cars and a marked police car that had come to assist.
Officer J. B. Gerald fired one shot, hitting Simon’s car. Pledger said Gerald fired because Simon was driving toward another police officer, who had to get out of the way.
No one was injured.
Judge William Z. Wood of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Simon to a total of three years and eight months to six years and nine months in prison.
By Michael Hewlett/Winston-Salem Journal