34-year-old James Brandon Smith of Newton, an escaped fugitive from North Carolina, was apprehended last night (June 30) in Damascus, Virginia after crashing a stolen vehicle. He was taken into custody at about 9 p.m., near the intersection of state Route 91 and Orchard Hill Road.
Smith was initially arrested last Monday (June 23) in Boone and was charged in connection with a car chase and standoff with Officers in Catawba County. That incident resulted in a fire being set in a wheat field.
According to Police reports, Smith was being transferred Monday from Alexander County to Watauga County when he allegedly assaulted an Alexander County Sheriff’s Deputy and fled. He stole a Toyota SUV and led Officers on a chase during which speeds reached 100 miles per hour before wrecking.
Smith faces numerous charges in North Carolina in Catawba, Watauga, Alexander and Caldwell counties. Those include multiple counts of felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, possession of stolen goods or property, larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm, hit & run, breaking & entering, breaking & entering a motor vehicle, attempted breaking & entering, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, injury to personal property, resisting a public officer, D.W.I., driving while license revoked and several other traffic infractions.
Smith has court dates in various counties starting with an appearance in Boone today (July 1) and in Newton tomorrow. Additional appearances are coming up on July 21 & 24 and on August 1, 4 & 12.