Jonathan Christopher Wise, 28, of 5806 Woody Grove Road in Indian Trail, was arrested on Thursday by the Union County Sheriff’s Office for outstanding warrants from the Lincolnton Police Department stemming from an undercover narcotics operation in 2013.
During a controlled buy initiated by undercover narcotics officers on Jan. 16, 2013, Wise is reported to have sold 50 dosage units of 10 milligram Methadone tablets to an undercover police officer in the 100 block of Roper Drive in Lincolnton. The weight of the doses was 11 grams, with a street value of $500.
After making the purchase, officers attempted to arrest Wise but he fled the scene at a rate of high speed. In his attempt to elude law enforcement, Wise intentionally drove toward one of the officers that attempted to apprehend him on foot. Wise exited the vehicle at the dead end of Roper Drive and fled on foot.
Obtaining assistance from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Gaston County Police Department’s K-9 unit, the Lincolnton Police Department conducted a search but was unable to locate Wise. Warrants were then issued and tips into the Lincolnton Police Department were unsuccessful in apprehending Wise until his arrest on Thursday.
Wise is charged with four counts trafficking an opiate, one count conspiracy to traffic opiates, possession with intent to sell/distribute a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, felony flee to elude arrest, resist, delay or obstruct, careless and reckless driving, speeding, driving while license revoked and injury to real property. A secured bond of $300,000 was set and he was place in the Union County Detention Center. His first court appearance is pending his return to Lincoln County.
If anyone has information regarding this case or any other narcotics or criminal case, contact the Lincolnton Police Department at (704) 736-8900 or the Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at (704) 736-8909. Any tip made to Crime Stoppers that last to an arrest can lead the caller to getting up to $1,000 reward and tips can remain anonymous.