Sheriff: Pursuit in stolen car leads to crash, drug seizure

Sheriff: Pursuit in stolen car leads to crash, drug seizure

Credit: Harven A. Crouse Detention Center

Trent Brandon Carpenter

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 6 at 4:01 PM

DENVER, N.C. -- An attempted traffic stop by a Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy resulted in a brief chase and a crash.

A Sheriff's Deputy pulled over a vehicle in the 3800 block of Eastwind Cover and asked for the driver's license. The driver told the deputy he didn't have it with him and provided a name and date of birth.

Authorities say the info returned an individual, but the photo didn't match the driver of the car. This prompted the deputy to call for backup.

When the deputy asked the driver, 28-year-old Trent Brandon Carpenter, to step out of the vehicle, authorities say he instead put the car in gear and took off.

After a brief pursuit, officials say Carpenter crashed the car into a tree on Red Robin Trail and fled the vehicle on foot. Deputies were not able to locate him.

A search of Carpenter's vehicle turned-up personal identifiers including a cellphone and a school ID. Officials saw Carpenter had been communicating with a woman; when they contacted her, she initially stated she didn't Carpenter, police say.

Deputies went to the home of the woman Carpenter had been in contact with and found him hiding in a closet under a blanket. Deputies seized 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, which they say Carpenter had stashed in his pocket. Additionally, two cellphones, two laptops, a butane lighter and a digital camera were seized and placed into evidence.

Authorities say the vehicle Carpenter crashed had been reported stolen out of Hickory.

Carpenter is charged with one felony count each of possession of a controlled substance Schedule II, possession of stolen goods and speeding to elude arrest, along with with one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and false information to an officer.

He was booked in to the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $15,000 bond.

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