Police: Concord man tried to hit deputy with car
This article has been corrected. The original version listed the deputy as being given a bond, rather than Poe.
SALISBURY — A Concord man was arrested Saturday after authorities say he tried to hit a sheriff’s deputy with his car, struck the same deputy in the face and damaged officers’ car and clothing.
John Robert Poe, 29, of Ashlyn Drive SE, in Concord, has been charged with driving while impaired, failure to stop at a stop sign or flashing red light, reckless driving to endanger, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a government official or employee, possession of burglary tools and two counts of injury to personal property.
The order of events was unclear Sunday, but Poe apparently struggled with an officer who was pulling him over for the traffic offenses.
According to arrest warrants, Poe tried to hit Deputy L.G. Beaver of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office with a 1987 Honda Prelude on Saturday.
While Beaver was trying to stop Poe from leaving the scene of an accident, the warrants say Poe struck the officer in the face, causing his nose to bleed. Officers say Poe also damaged Beaver’s clothing and the plexiglass in a patrol vehicle assigned to Deputy R. J. Rigsby.
In addition, officers say they found Poe with “implements of housebreaking” in his possession, including bolt cutters, an electric side grinder with cutting disk and a screw driver.
Poe was given a total bond of $506,000 and taken to the Rowan County Detention Center, where he remained Sunday evening.