ASHEBORO N.C. – A call to check on a man attempting to start a fire in a bird bath led to a brief struggle with officers when police say the suspect threw a meth pipe into a creek before being arrested.
On March 18th 2022, Officers with the Asheboro Police Department responded to Glenwood Rd in reference to a welfare check on a male subject. Officers spoke with the homeowner who said there was a male subject standing by the creek on his property. According to a police report the homeowner told police he had asked the subject multiple times to leave the property and that the subject was attempting to start a fire in a bird bath.
Officers attempted to speak to the subject, but the male began to walk away. When officers told him to stop the male then ran from the officers. Police chased the subject on foot for a short distance before catching up. Officers say when they were trying to place the subject in handcuffs the man kept pulling away and reaching in his pocket. That’s when police say the man pulled a clear glass meth pipe from his pocket, broke it, and threw it into the creek.
Officers were able get the suspect into handcuffs. Police say the man identified himself as Jermaine Stewart. Stewart was taken to the Randolph County Jail where he was charged for resist obstruct and delay, Possession of drug Paraphernalia, and second degree trespass. and issued Mr. Stewart a $1,000 secured bond and a court date of 03/21/2022.