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Vale man charged for meth, fleeing

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Deputies charged a western Lincoln County man Saturday for possessing methamphetamine and fleeing the scene of a crash after traveling off the roadway and into a yard several days earlier on Beam Lumber Road, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
On Oct. 2, Patrick Wayne Johnson, 40, of 3199 West Highway 27 in Vale, was speeding at least 12 miles over the speed limit on N.C. 27 when he lost control of his vehicle and skidded into a nearby yard, deputies said.
Deputy A. George observed the incident and attempted to stop the vehicle, according to a department press release.
Johnson fled the scene while the vehicle was still running, the release said.
Crews with Union Fire Department and troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the scene to assist deputies in searching for the man, but the initiative proved unsuccessful.
Deputies located the suspect during the follow-up investigation after they determined the vehicle’s owner, who told them that Johnson had been driving the vehicle, the release said.
Johnson was charged with one felony count each of probation violation, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for a controlled substance. Additional misdemeanor charges included one count each of speeding, careless and reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, domestic criminal trespass, injury to real property and driving while license revoked or suspended.
He has since posted a $51,500 secured bond.
Johnson has a felony history in North Carolina with criminal records in Lincoln, Rutherford and Burke Counties, according to the Department of Correction website.
Felonies include breaking and entering, larceny, manufacturing methamphetamine, speeding to elude arrest, possession of a firearm by a felon and other drug-related charges.
He also spent more than a year-and-a-half in prison between 2007 and 2008, NC DOC showed.

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