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Deputies: Flashlight used to halt man resisting arrest

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A deputy recently struck a man with a flashlight during a foot chase after the suspect refused to comply with officers, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
Kerry Glen Phinx, 45, of 6433 McIntosh Road in Lowesville, allegedly fled from officers after deputies said they stumbled upon he and a woman suspiciously parked inside a vehicle along McIntosh Road.
The incident took place just before midnight on Sunday, a report said.
While initially Phinx allegedly refused to give deputies his correct information, officers said they later discovered the suspect’s prison identification, which he had dropped.
The Sheriff’s Office said the man later ran from the scene after the woman who was with him stepped out of the vehicle and gave deputies her information.
As a result, a chase ensued between deputies and Phinx. He is also accused of trying to fight with officers once they caught up with him in a nearby wooded area. Deputies were forced to use a flashlight to strike Phinx in order “to gain control and get him in custody,” a report said.
Following treatment at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln, Phinx was placed behind bars, where he currently remains under a $3,374 bond.
Along with charges for failure to comply and assault on a government official, Phinx was served a Rowan County warrant for child support, deputies said.
According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, the suspect has a history of drugs in Lincoln County, including a more than four-year prison stay for selling a schedule II substance in 2001.
NC DOC showed that Phinx additionally has at least three other felonies on his record for drug-related offenses along with misdemeanor charges for assault on a female in 1996 and possessing stolen goods a year earlier.

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