Police: man driving wrong way charged with cocaine, marijuana possession

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 12, 2015

By Shavonne Walker


Police say a Charlotte man driving the wrong way on the road early Saturday morning was charged with marijuana and cocaine possession this weekend.

Salisbury Police charged Lance Lee Owens, 23, of he 2100 block of Longleaf Drive, with felony cocaine possession, misdemeanor marijuana possession, misdemeanor communicating threats, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor reckless driving to endanger.

He also had warrants for failure to appear for driving while license revoked on multiple occasions, fictitious license plate/altering title, misdemeanor simple marijuana possession, and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

An officer spotted Owens traveling in the 300 block of West Jake Alexander Boulevard as he drove over the median onto the correct side of the road. Once stopped the officer smelled marijuana coming from the car. The incident occurred just before 4:30 a.m.

The officer searched the car and discovered marijuana under the driver’s seat, a clear plastic bag that had a white powder substance identified as cocaine was found near the door handle.

Authorities confiscated five grams of marijuana and one gram of powder cocaine. Owens refused to cooperate while officers tried to fingerprint him and take a mug shot.

Owens called the officer names and threatened to beat up the officer. Owens has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.