Two people are facing felony charges after a deputy was nearly hit head-on by a car, then after stopping the vehicle the passenger jumped and ran, only later to break into a home, and struggle with a deputy and a K-9 underneath a mobile home.
Around 9:45am Monday, a Johnston County Sheriff’s Office SAFE Team deputy was on routine patrol on Hannah Creek Road outside of Four Oaks when he met a blue Mercedes that started to cross the centerline directly into his lane of travel. The officer was forced onto the shoulder of the rural two-lane highway to avoid being hit head on.
The driver of the Mercedes slammed on the brakes and turned quickly onto Ivey Road before starting to pull onto the shoulder. Before the deputy had completely caught up to the Mercedes and turned on his blue lights the passenger fled on foot from the vehicle. He quickly disappeared into a wooded area near the intersection of Ivey Road and Hannah Creek Road.
The deputy took the driver, 32 year-old Billie Jo Campbell of Barefoot Road, Newton Grove, into custody after allegedly spotting a methamphetamine smoking pipe in plain view in the Mercedes. During a search of Campbell’s wallet, which also contained her identification card, a small bag of suspected meth was located. Campbell reportedly claimed she loaned her vehicle to someone earlier and they must have placed the meth in her wallet without her knowledge.
As additional deputies began to arrive to start searching for the male passenger who jumped and ran, a 911 call was made by a homeowner who reported a man had just walked into their home uninvited and asked to use the telephone. Afterwards they ran away. As deputies began to converge on that home, a second homeowner who lives about 200 yards away reported a man came to their home and asked to use the phone. They were not allowed inside or allowed to use the phone. The man quickly left.
A Sheriff’s K-9 tracked the suspect to the 300 block of Ivey Road and to the crawlspace door to the underside of a manufactured home. The K-9 went underneath the mobile home and apprehended the suspect. However the suspect allegedly began grabbing the K-9’s collar and refused commands to release the K-9 and to exit the crawlspace.
A deputy sheriff went underneath the mobile home and after a struggle in the confined crawlspace was able to handcuff the suspect.
Dustin Allen Christian, 32, who has addresses in Fuquay Varina and Lillington, was wanted for several outstanding warrants including probation violation. He was charged with felony breaking and entering, two counts of resisting a public officer, and trespassing. Christian requested to go to the hospital before going to jail. After being evaluated in the emergency department, he was transported to the Johnston County Jail and confined under a $250,000 bond.
Campbell, the driver of the car who claimed she had just met Christian that same day, was charged with possession of methamphetamines, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a revoked license. She was jailed under a $20,000 bond. Officers also impounded the Mercedes.