33-year-old Johnnie LeeRoy Lail of 4th Avenue Lane N.E. in Conover was arrested by Hickory Police at about 6:15 Tuesday evening (June 8) on one felony count each of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and speeding to elude arrest with two aggravating factors. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, and no financial responsibility. In addition, Lail was served with a felony warrant for possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
He was arrested when Hickory Police saw a motorcycle with no registration plate eastbound on 12th Avenue Drive N.E. A traffic stop was initiated, but the driver fled from Police. The chase ended when the suspect crashed at the intersection of 12th Avenue Drive N.E. and the McDonald Parkway. Officers learned that the motorcycle was stolen and also found 5.6 grams of methamphetamine, 2.9 dosage units of buprenorphine hydrochloride (which is commonly used to treat opioid addiction), and drug paraphernalia.
Lail was jailed in the Catawba County Detention Facility with bond set at $21,000, secured. He has since been released. Lail was scheduled to make a first appearance in District Court yesterday (June 9) in Newton. He has a Superior Court date on the stolen vehicle charge coming up on August 2.