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Man charged after ramming officer’s patrol car with truck


Codey James Matheson
 
(updated Aug. 29, 2:47 p.m.)

A Taylorsville man has been arrested after officers say he rammed a patrol car with a pickup he had stolen.

On Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 11:04 pm,  the Alexander County Emergency Communications Center received a call regarding a suspicious vehicle in a field in the 300 block of Barkley Lane, located off NC Highway 16 south in the Wittenburg Community. Several officers from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

Deputy John Mitchell arrived first on the scene and located a white Dodge 4x4 truck parked in a field with a white male standing beside the vehicle. Upon seeing Deputy Mitchell’s patrol car, the man ran to and entered the driver’s side of the white Dodge truck. The man then started the truck and quickly accelerated toward Deputy Mitchell’s patrol vehicle, striking it in the front bumper area.

The driver of the white truck then backed up and again quickly accelerated toward the front of Mitchell’s patrol vehicle.

Sgt. Hamby of the Taylorsville Police Department arrived on the scene to assist Deputy Mitchell and attempted to stop the driver by deploying his TASER, which was unsuccessful.

Deputy Mitchell, seeing that the driver of the white truck was not stopping and the driver was ignoring commands to stop the vehicle, used his patrol car to try and pin the truck in, to protect Sgt. Hamby and other arriving officers from potentially being struck by the suspect’s vehicle. As Deputy Mitchell attempted to stop the white Dodge truck by pinning it with his patrol vehicle, the driver of the truck continued to accelerate and strike Mitchell's patrol vehicle.

Sgt. Timothy Simms of the Sheriff's Office arrived on scene and extracted the driver from the white Dodge truck, taking the man into custody and ending the incident without further harm to any other vehicles or officers.

Further investigation revealed that the driver of the white Dodge truck, Codey James Matheson, white male, age 22, of Taylorsville had stolen the vehicle prior to the incident.

Matheson was taken into custody by the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office and charged with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, felony larceny of a motor vehicle, and driving while impaired.

Matheson is being held in the Alexander County Detention Center under a $140,500 secured bond with an initial court appearance set for September 8, 2014.

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