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Granite Quarry man leads deputies on chase, then kicks deputy in face

By Jeanie Groh


A Granite Quarry man who put up a fight against Sheriff’s Office deputies is facing eight individual charges and citations.

According to his arrest warrant, Trenton Ray Weast, Jr., 23, of the 200 block of West Peeler Street in Granite Quarry, was driving without a license along Long Ferry Road when a sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop his vehicle on Long Ferry Road. Rather than stop, he led them on a chase in which he drove more than 15 miles per hour above the speed limit.

When he stopped, Weast attempted to flee on foot when deputy N.J. Naturile attempted to arrest him. Weast caused a public disturbance on Harris Point Road by cussing and fighting with deputies, and then assaulted Naturile by kicking him in the face while he was lying on the ground.

Deputies found Weast to be in possession of a black pellet gun, .4 milligrams of Clonazepam, 40 milligrams of Vyvanse and a syringe for administering controlled substances.

Weast was charged with felony flee or elude arrest with a motor vehicle, misdemeanor assault on a government official or employee, misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun, misdemeanor resisting a public officer, misdemeanor disorderly conduct, misdemeanor simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance. He was also issued a traffic violation for driving with his license revoked.

Weast was booked into the Rowan County Detention Center, where his bond was set at $20,000.

Weast’s girlfriend, Kelly Denise Bell, was also charged in the incident after the 19-year-old lied about Weast’s name when Naturlie was trying to identify him.

Bell, of the 100 block of Harris Point Road, was charged with misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

She too was arrested and taken to the Rowan County Detention Center. Her bond was set at $500.

In other Sheriff’s Office reports:

  • Teela Evette Wilkins, 28, of the 300 block of Messner Street was charged with a handful of drug and weapons charges Saturday.

According to arrest reports, Wilkins faces two felony cocaine trafficking charges, one for transporting and the other for possessing more than 28 grams, but less than 200 grams of cocaine.

Wilkins also was charged with possession of a stolen handgun, carrying a concealed weapon, brass knuckles, and misdemeanor possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana.

Wilkins was taken to the Rowan County Detention Center, where her bail was set at $150,000.


  • Daniel Monroe Flowers, 38, of the 100 block of Crystal Creek Drive in China Grove was charged with felony larceny.

According to Flowers’ arrest warrant, he stole a 2012 Yamaha XT250 motorcycle, valued at $7,500, Friday.

His bond was set at $5,000.


  • Brandon Lee Parker and Tiffany Amber Ferguson both face assault charges after a domestic incident early Saturday morning.

Parker, 32, of the 100 block of Edzell Drive was charged with assault on a female.

His arrest warrant states he struck Ferguson in the jaw across the face and that he injured her nose.

Ferguson, 31, was charged with simple assault. Her warrant states she slapped Parker across the face.

Because both charges were tied to a domestic incident, neither Parker nor Ferguson have been issued a bond amount. Both are being held at the Rowan County Detention Center.



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