Crack, pot found after passenger flees from traffic stop

Crack, pot found after passenger flees from traffic stop

Credit: Rowan County Detention Center

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 8:49 PM

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. -- A Charlotte man is behind bars and currently unable to bond out, authorities say, following his arrest for spontaneously fleeing a vehicle while a deputy spoke with the driver.

Just before 7 Thursday morning, a Rowan County Sheriff's Deputy pulled over a vehicle for following another too closely on I-85.

While the deputy spoke with the driver, Peter Jackson, 30,  the car's passenger jumped from the vehicle and fled.

Jackson was secured, and multiple law enforcement agencies began a search to locate the passenger, Claude McClinton, 30.

About two hours later, officers found McClinton hiding in some brush behind Lowe's.

Near where McClinton was found hiding, authorities recovered a small backpack with 15 baggies of marijuana and a 10-gram rock of crack cocaine. Officials valued the drugs at more than $2000.

Jackson is charged with driving while license revoked and following too closely. His bonds total $1500.

McClinton, who authorities say has been uncooperative in the booking process, and subsequently does not yet have a mugshot, is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.

McClinton's bond was set at $50,000, but until he cooperates with authorities on the booking process, officials say he will not be allowed to bond out of the Rowan County Detention Center.

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