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Reeds Street man takes police on car and foot chase

By Shavonne Potts
spotts@salisburypost.com
Salisbury Police arrested a man Monday at his Reeds Street home after he took them on a short chase by car and on foot.
Nathaniel Alexander Neri, 26, of 722 Reeds St., is charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer, possession of stolen goods, four counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, fleeing to elude arrest, carrying a concealed weapon and driving while license revoked.
Authorities said Neri, whom authorities were monitoring as part of a nationwide law enforcement program called Project Safe Neighborhoods, could face federal prosecution.
Salisbury Police were attempting to serve Neri with a search warrant for drugs when the chase happened.
“We were monitoring the residence where they had the search warrant,” Deputy Chief Rory Collins said.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle Neri was driving, Collins said, but he kept going.
Collins said Neri led officers on a car chase that lasted about three minutes. He said Neri then drove into a dead end, where he jumped out of the car and ran off on foot.
He returned home, where officers arrested him, Collins said.
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a federal program Salisbury Police implemented in 2002. The emphasis of the program is to reduce gun crime by partnering volunteer citizens with law enforcement.
Past violent offenders are notified that their crimes must stop and if they are willing to change their ways, they’re assisted with community resources.
Those who resist the warnings and offend again after they’ve been notified face the maximum allowable sentence for any future gun crimes.
Collins said Neri was notified in the spring of 2005.
Neri remained in the Rowan County Detention Center on Wednesday under a $50,000 bond.

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