JEFFERSON, N.C.- Sheriff B. Phil Howell announces the arrest of two adults on Felony charges following a brief vehicle pursuit of the subjects, wanted for parole violations in Ashe County.
At approximately 3pm on August 26, 2020, Ashe County 911 Dispatch received a call of a suspicious vehicle, a white Nissan Maxima, in the area of Cox Road and Round Knob Church Road in Ashe County. Deputies Curtis Elliott and Lee Johnson, of the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the area and quickly located the vehicle, occupied by a male driver and female passenger, driving towards them on Cox Road. Deputy Elliott, driving a marked patrol truck, conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and as he approached the vehicle the driver accelerated accelerated off in an attempt to flee, striking Deputy Johnson’s marked patrol car on the passenger side.
The driver of the Nissan Maxima then turned onto a private driveway, with both Deputy Elliott and Deputy Johnson giving pursuit with their emergency lights and sirens activated. The driver continued fleeing for approximately 1.5 miles, ending up on a tight 4-wheeler trail along the New River until the driver eventually stuck a tree.
Upon crashing the Nissan Maxima into the tree, the male suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot, diving into the New River where he began swimming to the other side of the river. The female, who sustained an injury in the crash, also exited the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene on foot but was immediately apprehended by Deputies Johnson and Elliott.
Deputies Johnson and Elliott advised responding units of the description of the male suspect and his direction of travel. Backup deputies arriving on scene were joined by officers from the Jefferson Police Department and the North Carolina Highway Patrol began a search for the male suspect who was eventually apprehended in the area.
Ashe Medics responded to the scene and transported the female suspect, later identified as Teaira Lynn Hawkins, to Ashe Memorial Hospital. The male suspect, later identified as Michael Gene Perry, Jr., was transported directly to the Ashe County Detention Center. Both Hawkins and Perry were wanted by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety for parole violations.
Michael Gene Perry, Jr., 28 yo, of Millers Creek, N.C., with charges of: Felony Parole Violation – No Bond Resisting Public Officer Driving While License Revoked Flee/Elude Arrest
Teaira Lynn Hawkins, 28 yo, of North Wilkesboro, N.C., with charges of: Parole Violation – No Bond Resisting Public Officer Possession of Drug Paraphernalia