BENSON – A bystander helped a deputy sheriff who was alone on a traffic stop Saturday night in southern Johnston County. Around 8:00pm, a SAFE Team deputy spotted a GMC truck with an expired license plate and no taillight.
After pulling the truck over on Highway 50 about a mile and a half south of Benson, the deputy said he noticed a gun in the center console of the truck. According to reports, the driver, 33 year-old Jeremy Wayne Norris of the 7900 block of Strickland’s Crossroads Road, Four Oaks, initially refused commands to exit the truck but eventually complied. While attempting to handcuff Norris outside his vehicle, he allegedly began struggling with the deputy and attempted to get back in his truck.
During the struggle, an unknown bystander approached and assisted the deputy with handcuffing Norris. After being detained, the deputy said he seized the handgun, a small amount of suspected powder cocaine in a folded one dollar bill, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Norris was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon, felony possession of cocaine, resisting a public officer, possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and possession of drug paraphernalia. Norris was held on a $50,000 secured bond.