31-year-old Chaston Jerel Lawing of Newton has been arrested by Newton Police on charges of D.W.I., trafficking in marijuana, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.
He was arrested in connection to an incident at about 9:20 p.m. on New Years Day. At that time, Officers responded to a vehicle crash on the 1,800 block of Old Conover Startown Road. Officers found a silver Mercedes that had left the roadway, hit a utility pole, and then overturned before coming to a rest on its wheels in the front yard of a residence. The driver had left the scene.
Officers searched the area and found a suspect, wet and muddy, walking in a nearby neighborhood. The suspect was identified as Chaston Lawing, who was confirmed to be the driver of the vehicle. Lawing was taken to Catawba Valley Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries.
During the investigation, Police found a handgun, $9,490 in cash, and 28 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. Warrants were issued and Lawing was taken into custody at the hospital.
He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $2,450 secured bond with a first appearance in District Court scheduled yesterday (January 4) with his next court date coming up on January 25.
Catawba County E.M.S. and the Hickory Police Department assisted in the investigation, which is ongoing.