Man arrested on cocaine charges after chase with Kernersville police


Michael Lenon Smith (Mugshot provided by, Kernersville Police)

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Police say a man who is suspected of selling cocaine was arrested Monday in Kernersville after he lead officers on a vehicle chase that ended in a crash with a patrol car.

According to police, officers received a report shortly after 7:45 p.m. about a man in a white 2003 Toyota Echo who was driving erratically and trying to sell drugs.

Police say they spotted the suspect vehicle on West Mountain Street and tried to pull the driver over, but he wouldn’t stop.  At one point while officers were pursuing the suspect on East Mountain Street, police say he sideswiped a marked patrol car.

Officers chased the suspect across Mountain Street, North Main Street and N.C. Highway 66 before reaching Gralin Street, where police say the Toyota collided with a K-9 patrol vehicle.

The suspect, who was identified as Michael Lenon Smith, was arrested after the collision.

Police say Smith and the officer who was driving the K-9 patrol vehicle were taken Kernersville Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries they sustained in the crash.

Smith is being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $40,000 secured bond.

He is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing to elude arrest, assault inflicting physical injury on an officer, resisting an officer and driving with a revoked license.

No other details about the incident were available.

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