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Ricky Delorenzo Taylor
Courtesy of Iredell County Sheriff's Office

Suspect Charged With Drug, Firearm Offenses After Allegedly Fleeing From Police

41-year-old Ricky Delorenzo Taylor of Riverfield Road in Statesville was arrested Monday (February 5) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with two felony counts of trafficking cocaine, single felony counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and schedule IV controlled substance, flee to elude arrest, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substance.

Taylor is also charged with misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resist, obstruct and delay an officer along with multiple traffic offenses.

On Monday, an officer was traveling North on Shelton Avenue when he was almost hit by a car that failed to stop at a stop sign. The officer then turned on his lights to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle, but the driver fled at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was pursued north on Shelton Avenue into the city of Statesville. While fleeing, the suspect began throwing bags out of the window of the vehicle.

The suspect eventually pulled over at Woodbridge Road on Highway 64 and was taken into custody. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Ricky Delorenzo Taylor of Statesville. The bags thrown from the vehicle were retrieved by patrol deputies and officers with the Statesville Police Department who were in the area. The bags reportedly contained illegal narcotics.

A search of the vehicle was conducted, and a loaded firearm with a 30-round magazine was located under the driver’s seat. Additional narcotics were also found inside the vehicle. 73.39 grams of cocaine, 12 dosage units of buprenorphine, and a Taurus nine-millimeter handgun were all seized.

Taylor was incarcerated in the Iredell County Detention Center without bond following the arrest. His bond has since been set at $250,000 secured. District Court appearances are scheduled for February 19 and February 27.