A Johnston County man was transported to the hospital for treatment after falling onto the asphalt while trying to flee from officers. It happened around 8:30pm Friday on Whetstone Court off Lakewood Road outside of Four Oaks.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance between the suspect, 42 year-old Joel Steven Ryan of Four Oaks, and a 32 year-old female victim. The woman reportedly told officers Ryan grabbed her by the throat and pushed her down and would not let her go. The victim grabbed a knife at which time Ryan released her. The victim was then able to call 911 for help.
Deputies arrived and located Ryan on the scene. He was placed in handcuffs but immediately fled on foot and began running down the roadway while still handcuffed behind his back. Ryan fell to the pavement injuring his face. Ryan continued to resist and during the process damaged the uniform pants of one officer.
As a deputy was walking him back to a patrol car, Ryan reportedly began cursing at the officer and tried several times to kick him.
Ryan was transported by EMS to the hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries. He was then transported to the Johnston County Jail and charged with felony assault by strangulation, felony malicious conduct by a prisoner, resisting a public officer and injury to property.
Ryan was held under a $150,000 bond.
The female victim sustained minor injuries in the domestic assault.