Police: Machete twirler not breaking the law

Published 6:10 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A 31-year-old man who was charged in June after police found him waving a machete on East Innes Street was spotted Tuesday doing it again, this time twirling what appeared to be two machetes near the Square downtown.

Chris Lewis of Salisbury put the weapons down as soon as a police car pulled to the curb beside him. He was cooperative and was not charged, according to Capt. Sheila Lingle of the Salisbury Police Department.

“He’s done this several other times,” Lingle said. “He’s not hurting anybody. He’s at that time not breaking the law.”

David Whisenant of WBTV posted a video that showed Lewis quickly laying down the two machete-like items and stepping back.

Lewis was heard exclaiming, “It’s just a passion of mine,” Whisenant reported.

In the June incident, police responded to a report of a man twirling a machete near McDonald’s on East Innes; Lewis ran from officers and was eventually caught after falling in a mud puddle. He was charged with resisting an officer, misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon, misdemeanor carrying a gun/pistol and misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana.

Lewis appeared in court in July, and also faced charges from a May incident at Applebee’s, where he ran up a $186.75 bar tab and then did not pay. He was charged with defrauding an innkeeper and disorderly conduct.

For the May and June incidents, Lewis received a 12-month suspended sentence, supervised probation, was ordered to be on general good behavior, maintain employment and stay away from Applebee’s.