40-year-old John Paul Bryant of Granite Falls was arrested today (April 21) by Alexander County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged in Alexander County with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, one felony count apiece of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle along with three misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest. Bryant is also charged in Caldwell County with felony counts of larceny of a motor vehicle and breaking and entering to a motor vehicle.
At approximately 6:15 a.m. today, a call came into Alexander County Communications from Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a stolen vehicle that had been tracked to Alexander County by Onstar. Alexander County deputies located the vehicle on All Healing Springs Road in the Ellendale Community.
The vehicle failed to stop for officers which resulted in a vehicle chase on All Healing Springs Road, Three Forks Church Road, Gil Childers Road, and Robinette Road. The chase lasted approximately 3.5 miles. Onstar disabled the vehicle on Robinette Road, which ended the chase. Minimal damage was done to two of the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Vehicles by the suspect.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as John Paul Bryant, who reportedly resisted officers but was eventually placed under arrest by Alexander County deputies. Bryant was placed in the Alexander County Detention Center under $180,000 secured bond. A District Court date is next Monday (April 26).
Bryant was previously released from the Alexander County Detention Center on April 15, 2021. He’d been jailed on multiple charges and posted $26,500 secured bond.