BENSON – A driver who fled from a Johnston County Sheriff’s Office SAFE Team license checkpoint is facing multiple charges. On August 28th, SAFE Team deputies had set up a random checking station on Highway 96 South in the Meadow community.
A vehicle slowed down and began to approach the checkpoint but instead of stopping the driver swerved onto a dirt path leading into a field. Officers pursued the vehicle down the path and were able to stop the car.
The driver, identified as Dylon Christian Daniels, 21, of Avocodo Lane, Dunn refused to exit his car or comply with officers. Daniels was eventually removed from the car but began to struggle with deputies who were trying to handcuff him. A sheriff’s K-9 was deployed and Daniels was taken into custody.
During a search, 40.2 grams of methamphetamine was allegedly found in his pocket. A sawed-off rifle was located under the driver’s seat.
Officers determined there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest for larceny of a motor vehicle.
Daniels was charged with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine, and single counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.
He was later served with a felony parole warrant.
Daniels was held on a $250,000 bond on the charges related to the traffic stop, an additional $25,000 bond for the motor vehicle larceny warrant. He was held without privilege of bond on the parole warrant pending his first court appearance.