Granite Quarry man had a history of running from law and a string of convictions

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

By Shavonne Potts
A Granite Quarry man who exchanged gunfire with Arkansas authorities before dying when his truck crashed had a history of running from the law.
Michael Timothy Bost, 55, was shot Friday after he fired at police officers in White Hall, Ark. Police were checking vehicles at a truck stop when they noticed Bost’s pickup, which had an out-of-state license.
Officers discovered Bost was armed. He took off, leading them on a chase on Interstate 530. He fired at officers, who returned fire, according to reports.
He lost control of his truck as he attempted to cross the median.
Todd Taylor, spokesman for the Granite Quarry-Faith Police Department, said Bost was known to the department.”He fled one of our officers who went out on a disturbance call,” Taylor said.
Taylor said he believed Bost had no family in Rowan County but lived with a woman in Granite Quarry. He was not sure of the woman’s relationship to Bost.
Bost has previously been charged in Rowan, Cabarrus and Stanley for several traffic violations, including expired registration, having no insurance, driving while his license was revoked, also felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny, according to the Rowan County Clerk of Courts Office.
He had a pending case with Cabarrus County for felony fleeing to elude arrest, which stemmed from a driving while license revoked charge; also, a pending case with Rowan County for resisting a public officer.
In 1976, Bost was convicted of second-degree kidnapping and simple assault in Ohio, the N.C. Department of Correction said.
In 1984, he was convicted in Rowan County for assault on a female and in Anson County for possession of stolen goods in 1987.
The officer who shot Bost has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by the state police.