The man who allegedly led police on a chase last month that ended when he crashed into the Alexander County Law Enforcement Center faces a new charge. The suspect in this case is 33-year-old Brantly Lee Minton of Stony Point. He was initially charged with four felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and one felony count of flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. He was also charged with misdemeanor and traffic offenses including reckless driving to endanger, speeding, and injury to personal property.
On Saturday, September 11, Alexander County 911 received multiple calls regarding a vehicle being driven erratically in the Vashti Community. Deputies responded along with the North Carolina Highway Patrol and spotted a white Dodge Durango SUV traveling on Black Oak Ridge Road. Blue lights and sirens were activated. The driver refused to stop.
Stop sticks were deployed at the intersection of Black Oak Ridge Road and Jay Burke Road but the vehicle swerved to avoid them. The vehicle proceeded on Jay Burke Road to Old Wilkesboro Road. Stop sticks were deployed again by Taylorsville Police at the intersection of Mountain Laurel Lane and Old Wilkesboro Road, however the vehicle swerved and again avoided the sticks.
The vehicle continued onto West Main Avenue, then to 2nd St SW, and onto N.C. Highway 16 South, where it sped up to approximately 70-80 miles per hour. As officers attempted to pass the vehicle the driver reportedly swerved and crashed into a patrol vehicle. The SUV continued to travel on 16 South and turned onto Commercial Park Avenue.
Officers reportedly exited their patrol vehicles, and the suspect vehicle accelerated, forcing officers to jump out of the way to avoid being struck. Two patrol vehicles were struck. The vehicle traveled back up Commercial Park Avenue and turned into the parking lot of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, where the vehicle drove through the exit door of the sally port and came to a stop. Officers exited their patrol vehicles and gave commands to the driver. The suspect was extracted from the vehicle, where he continued to resist officers and refused to follow verbal commands.
According to information released this week, the vehicle Minton was driving was allegedly stolen. He has now been charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle and his bond was increased by $10,000. He remained in the Alexander County Detention Center under a total secured bond of $360,000. A District Court appearance on the vehicle theft charge is set for October 18. He’s also scheduled to appear in District Court November 29.[Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]