A call regarding a suspicious vehicle ended with a Mooresville man facing multiple drug possession and weapons charges, the Statesville Police Department stated in a release.

On Saturday, Jerimey Eugene Bailey, 32, was arrested on felony charges of possession of a stolen firearm, possession of firearm by felon, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute MDMA (Ecstasy), and possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute a Schedule IV controlled substance.

Police said he was also charged on misdemeanor counts of carrying a concealed weapon, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.

Bailey received a $175,000 secured bond after appearing before a magistrate.

Around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, the SPD received a call concerning a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of 528 S. Center St. with a person apparently passed out behind the wheel. Officers arrived to the scene and found a Mitsubishi Mirage, parked but with the engine running, and an unresponsive man in the driver’s seat, according to the release.

Authorities added the car was in drive and the driver’s foot was on the brake.

Officers were able to put the car in park and turn it off before waking the driver and asking him to step out of the car, police said. As officers began to frisk for weapons, the man, identified as Bailey, attempted to flee but was detained a few feet away by the officers, the release stated.

Police said they found a Taurus 9mm pistol in Bailey’s waistband, a pocket knife and $200 in cash. They also said a search on the gun found it was reported stolen from Mooresville. A felon is prohibited from possessing a gun.

The release said a search of the vehicle found a Glock 22mm pistol with additional ammunition, and various drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, MDMA and alprazolam, which were packaged in small, separate amounts.

Police contacted EMS, but Bailey refused treatment, police said. The release said he was still taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital for medical clearance before being taken to the Iredell County Detention Center.

State records indicate Bailey has a criminal history involving felony drug trafficking, robbery and weapons violations.  

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