Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said a man drove through a driver’s license checkpoint and tried to escape while carrying a small child.
Shelby Darrell Fraley, 34, of Murdock Road, Troutman, was charged with fleeing to elude in a motor vehicle, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of child abuse, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting a public officer and failure to secure a passenger under 8 years old in a child safety seat. A magistrate set bond at $30,000.
Campbell gave the following account of the incident:
Deputies with the ACE (Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team) were conducting a driver’s license checkpoint in the 400 block of Shiloh Road Wednesday when a vehicle came through at a high rate of speed and refused to stop.
Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle but abandoned following it for safety reasons once they realized there was a small child inside. A few minutes later the vehicle was located abandoned at the end of Clements Road.
A perimeter was established and a canine was used to track the suspect. As the canine team was tracking, a man, carrying a small child, ran out of the woods and attempted to get away from the dog. He was quickly apprehended by deputies.
Deputies contacted the Department of Social Services concerning the child, who was turned over to the mother pending an investigation.
Fraley, Campbell said, is currently out on a $20,000 bond for possession with intent to sell/deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Fraley’s criminal history includes the following:
Three counts of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor resisting a public officer, two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor instigate cruelty to animals, felony possession with intent to sell or deliver Schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) and felony possession with intent to sell or deliver Schedule VI controlled substance.