Running stop sign lands man in jail

By Terri Flagg - [email protected]


DOBSON — A local man pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign wound up in the county jail under a $265,000 secured bond, having been arrested on an outstanding warrants and new charges, according to a spokesperson with the Surry County Sheriff’s Department.

A June 17 incident report states that the suspect failed to stop at a stop sign.

The driver was identified as William Chad Meadows, 34, of West Imojean Church Road in the Round Peak area, said Detective Sergeant J.D. Briles.

Patrol officers arrested Meadows on an existing warrant for violation of a domestic violence protective order and a subsequent search of his vehicle and person resulted in additional drug and weapon charges, he said.

According to the incident report, officers recovered a stolen .38-caliber Smith & Wesson Model 37 firearm and seized drug paraphernalia as well as quantities of crack cocaine and marijuana.

Meadows was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 31.

• On June 14, officers from Carroll County, Virginia, discovered a 2006 Jeep Wrangler displaying a stolen registration plate during a traffic stop.

They discovered the Jeep belonged to Kevin Powell’s Foothill Ford on Cook School Road, Pilot Mountain.

When contacted, Foothill Ford employees inspected their lot and confirmed that “they were in fact missing the Jeep,” said Briles, explaining that the business hadn’t noticed the vehicle had been stolen because they hadn’t yet done a weekly inventory of the used car lot.

A Foothills Ford employee reported the theft to the Surry County Sheriff on June 16.

That investigation is still open.

The driver of the stolen Jeep, Ross Edward Payne, 28, was arrested by Carroll County deputies and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and other charges, Briles said.

• Deputies responded to a June 17 report of a suspicious vehicle on Possum Trot Road and found a 2003 Nissan Altima severely damaged, Briles said.

Rachel Blevins and Eddie Bobbit, of State Road, are the registered owners of the vehicle.

According to the report, the damage to the vehicle totaled $4,000.

Two bottles of perfume were reported stolen along with a checkbook that contained deposit slips only.

“There are currently no suspects and the investigation is ongoing,” said Briles.

• David Jones, of McCormick Street, Mount Airy, reported his ATV stolen on June 17. The 2006 camouflage Kawasaki Prairie 360 cc ATV was valued at $5,000. A black ATV tool box, miscellaneous hand tools and supplies were also reported stolen, with a total value of $300.

• Trista Nichole Lambert, 27, of Pine Ridge Road, Mount Airy, was arrested June 20 and charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle, misdemeanor failure to report an accident and driving left of center. She is scheduled to appear in court on June 30 under a $1,000 unsecured bond.


By Terri Flagg

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Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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