Man charged after items tossed from I-85 bridges

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 23, 2012

A 21-year-old man has been charged in two incidents of items being thrown from bridges over Interstate 85.
Investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office obtained warrants Wednesday on Matthew Damion Parham, 21, for two of the incidents.
The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division began investigating incidents in July that involved someone throwing objects from the bridge overpasses onto the interstate. The overpasses involved were Pine Ridge, Daughtery and Lentz roads. Several of the thrown objects damaged cars, and some drivers were injured.
Deputies and Highway Patrol responded to the incidents.
Parham was arrested at his residence at 995 Old Linn Road, China Grove, which is near the overpasses involved. Parham is being held in the Rowan County Detention Center under $10,000 bond.
He is also charged in the larceny of a small boat.
Besides the boat larceny charge, Parham is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
During the arrest, detectives also recovered a red riding lawn mower that appears to be stolen.
The investigation continues, and anyone with information about the interstate incidents, or the stolen property, is asked to contact Detective T. Misenheimer at 704-216-8704 or Lt. Chad Moose at 704- 216-8687.