Local man given probation after police chase


By Terri Flagg - [email protected]



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DOBSON — A Mount Airy man who led police on a chase in January 2016 was convicted on associated charges last week in Superior Court.

Gregory Wayne Childress, 31, of Maple Drive, pleaded guilty to felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle along with misdemeanor charges of communicating threats, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

The state dismissed a charge of second-degree kidnapping.

According to the state’s summary of the evidence, Mount Airy Police investigators had set up surveillance of a room at the Quality Inn on Rockford Street and observed a group of individuals exiting the room and getting into vehicles.

They tailed a man, Childress, who matched a suspect description, and attempted to stop the vehicle after it accelerated over the speed limit.

The suspect continued to speed and weave through Mount Airy streets until due to increasing risk and increasing traffic, the police pulled off the chase.

He was later arrested on violations with two additional dates of offense.

The kidnapping charge was due to a female passenger present in Childress’s vehicle during the January 2016 chase, Assistant District Attorney Mike Beal said.

Though she initially said she had been held in the vehicle against her will, with “emphatic and somewhat colorful language,” she later refused to testify or assist the prosecution, Beal said.

Having already spent 152 days in jail awaiting trial, Childress was given a suspended sentence of six to 17 months and placed on supervised probation for 24 months.

• Matthew Ryan Combs, 23, of Oak Ridge Road, Cana, Virginia, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance on Feb. 7.

Charges of sale or delivery of a schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance were dismissed.

Combs was given a suspended sentence of six to 17 months, placed on supervised probation for 24 months and ordered to pay $120 in restitution to the Surry County Sheriff’s Office and $600 for the State Bureau of Investigation lab fee.

He was additionally ordered to receive a substance-abuse assessment, to comply with any recommendations and was banned from the Mayberry Mall premises while on probation.

• Ryan Gray Jolly, 30, of Brushy Mountain Road, Wilkesboro, was found guilty of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia after entering pleas of no-contest to the charges.

He was given a four- to 14-month suspended sentence pending the successful completion of 18 months of supervised probation.

• A charge of obtaining property by false pretense against Timothy Gray Marion, 47, of Bryan Road, Westfield, was dismissed without leave after Marion paid restitution in full to the victim.

• Robert McNeil Pardue, 43, of Lessie Lane, Mount Airy, was placed on probation after pleading guilty to numerous felony charges on Feb. 8. He was convicted of possession of meth, three counts each of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering, as well as misdemeanor larceny and driving while license revoked for impaired driving.

A misdemeanor probation violation and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance charges were dismissed along with a handful of motor vehicle violations.

He was given two consecutive suspended sentences of eight to 19 months pending the successful completion of 24 months of supervised probation.

• Justin Hardy Smith, 33, of Wayne Street, Mount Airy, pleaded guilty to possession of meth, maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling, possession of drug paraphernalia and acquiring the status of a habitual felon.

He was ordered to serve 60 days in the county jail with 60 days credit for time served. He was also given a 15- to 30-month sentence which was suspended pending the successful completion of 24 months supervised probation.

• A series of violations including a class B1 felony against Pamela Faye Smith, 35, were dismissed after a co-defendant pleaded guilty in the case.

Smith, of Panhandle Lane, Mount Airy, faced charges of manufacture of meth, maintaining a drug vehicle or dwelling, possession or distribution of a meth precursor, misdemeanor child abuse, felony conspiracy and trafficking in methamphetamine.

• The probation sentence of Kevin Michael Holt, 32, of Grant Street, Dobson, was revoked for two out-of-county violations.

Holt was imprisoned for two concurrent six- to 17-month sentences with 199 days and 224 days credit for time served.

• Anthony Lavon Dupree White, 30, of Coolidge Avenue, Mount Airy, was imprisoned for 15 to 27 months after pleading guilty by Alford decision to sale and delivery of cocaine and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. A habitual felon indictment was dismissed. White was given credit for 141 days served.

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By Terri Flagg

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Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.

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