A Kenly man is accused of trying to strike a Johnston County deputy sheriff with his car. It happened after officers were called to a report of a man, possibly impaired, sitting in a car in the driveway of a home yelling.
After arriving at an address Thursday night on Live Oak Court outside of Kenly, deputies said the located the individual, later identified as Thomas Everret Pate, 45, in the car.
As the deputy approached, Pate allegedly drove the vehicle towards the officer. Pate reportedly drove the vehicle in the officers direction several more times, each time the officer had to quickly move out of the way to avoid being hit. Eventually, the deputy was able to get to the suspect’s car door and remove him from the vehicle.
Pate was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and resisting a public officer. He was jailed under a $105,000 bond. The deputy was not injured.