Charlotte man charged with half dozen crimes in Salisbury

Published 9:37 am Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Charlotte man on Wednesday was charged with a half dozen crimes after trying to avoid a license checkpoint on Old Concord Road.

Devin Austin Parks, 18, of 11368 Buchannan Brake Lane in Charlotte, allegedly turned around before passing through a license checkpoint and was later stopped by police. After being stopped, Parks was charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer; possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute; maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; selling or delivering within 300 feet of school property and no operator’s license.

Parks’ bail was set at $7,500. He remained in jail Thursday.

According to police reports, a traffic checkpoint was being conducted on Old Concord Road when a vehicle turned around to avoid the area. Police allegedly chased Parks onto Jake Alexander Boulevard and later onto Rowan Tech Road, near Cheerwine’s plant. Police saw Parks throw a bag — later found to contain marijuana — out his car window, according to the incident report. In the passenger seat was a backpack with two smaller bags of marijuana and a grinder, according to the incident report.

In total, police seized 17.4 grams of marijuana.

Salisbury Police made the arrest.