Driver Who Nearly Struck Deputy Goes To Jail On Drug Charges

A Johnston County deputy was forced off the roadway by an oncoming vehicle. The driver ended up in jail on felony charges.

Tuesday afternoon, the officer was on patrol near the intersection of Federal Road and Elevation Road outside of Benson when he was nearly struck. The deputy had to make an evasive maneuver and drive onto the shoulder to avoid being hit.  The officer then turned around to stop the car, which had already pulled over.

The driver, 30 year-old Justin Skylar Bryant of the 1500 block of Elevation Road, Four Oaks allegedly apologized to the officer. As the deputy was issuing Bryant a traffic citation, he reportedly saw a bag of suspected narcotics partially concealed under a Pepsi soft drink can.

Bryant gave the officer permission to search his vehicle. During the search, the deputy removed the small bag from the vehicle. Inside the bag, a small amount of suspected methamphetamine was reportedly found.

In addition to a traffic ticket, Bryant was also charged with felony possession of methamphetamines. He was released on a $2,500 secured bond.