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Update: Suspect Who Allegedly Dragged Deputy With Vehicle In Custody

33-year-old Corey Allen Leazer of River Highway in Mooresville was arrested Sunday (January 21) on charges filed by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office. He’s charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. Leazer is also charged with multiple highway violations.

As WHKY reported Sunday morning, a deputy stopped Corey Allen Leazer at a gas station off Oakridge Farm Road for a traffic violation at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday (January 20). After the deputy approached Leazer’s truck, a confrontation followed which turned physical.

Leazer got back in his truck and drove off, nearly hitting and dragging the deputy, who fired at the suspect. The deputy, who was dragged approximately 15 to 20 feet, was not seriously injured in the incident. The suspect fled and deputies gave chase until it was decided that continuing the pursuit would jeopardize the safety of others in the area.

The suspect’s truck was reportedly found later in the Davidson area. Iredell County deputies and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police began a search for Leazer. Several officers and Canine Units searched for the suspect overnight. A warrant was obtained charging Leazer with multiple felony offenses. Leazer was arrested in Mecklenburg County early Sunday morning. He was treated for weather exposure and then transported to the Iredell County Detention Center.

The deputy involved did not sustain a serious injury and is expected to be back at work soon. Leazer was issued no bond by an Iredell County Magistrate due to the fact that he was out on bond for unrelated charges. Leazer was being held in the Iredell County Detention Center as of earlier today (January 22). A District Court appearance was scheduled today.

[Information for this story and photo of Leazer arrest courtesy of Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, Information also provided by and Rick Gilbert, WACB]