By Emily Weaver
Dunn Daily Record
BENSON – A Benson man is in jail after police say he pulled a gun on the officer who stopped him for speeding.
Benson police Officer Stephen Reese said 39-year-old Adrianne Jamel Jackson was driving recklessly, 15 mph over the posted speed limit, when he attempted to pull him over for a traffic stop on New Year’s Eve.
A magistrate’s order accused Jackson of fleeing to elude Reese down South Wall Street, West Main Street, N.C. Highway 27 West and Red Hill Church Road before he stopped.
The order says Jackson assaulted Reese “with a firearm,” namely a Kel-Tec rimfire pistol, “by grabbing the handgun and pointing it” at Reese during the traffic stop.
Jackson is also accused of resisting arrest during the stop “by pulling away and shoving” Reese as he tried to detain him. Reese brought the situation under control without injury.
The magistrate’s order says Jackson was in possession of methamphetamine and a glass pipe used for introducing “into the body a controlled substance other than marijuana” at the time of his arrest.
“While this incident could have had tragic consequences, I’m so very thankful that it didn’t. Officer Reese showed his professionalism and courage, and his actions resulted in the arrest of an armed suspect who was clearly a danger to others,” Benson Police Chief Greg Percy said in a statement. “I’m pleased by the outcome, but most of all, I’m relieved that everyone went home safely.”
Jackson’s new temporary home is the Johnston County Detention Center where he was held Tuesday under secured bonds totaling $187,000.
Jackson, of 308 N. Wall St., was charged with possessing methamphetamine, assaulting an officer with a gun, fleeing to elude arrest, resisting an officer, possessing drug paraphernalia and violating a concealed handgun permit. The latter three charges are misdemeanors.
He also faces charges of possessing cocaine, methamphetamine, and drugs in Schedules II and IV of the controlled substances act with an intent to distribute the drugs. Jackson was hit with additional charges of possessing fentanyl while he was being booked into jail.