Salisbury pair charged with hitting garage owner with car, kicking police officer
By Shavonne Walker
SALISBURY — Authorities say a Salisbury pair were arrested after they went to a local garage, struck the owner with a car, hit another car, and spit at and kicked police officers.
The two face misdemeanor charges.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Dezmond Lloyd Stockdale, 26, of the 300 block of Chesapeake Drive with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.
Asti Rodae Loritts, 26, was charged with resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer; injury to personal property; and disorderly conduct.
The two went to Litaker’s Garage, 1010 Julian Road, on Saturday to pick up Loritts’ green Honda, a report said. Mitchell Litaker told Loritts she still owed money on the vehicle and therefore could not get it until the bill was paid.
According to Litaker as well as video surveillance and other witnesses at the business, Stockdale got into his 1993 black Lexus and said something that Litaker could not make out.
Litaker stepped in front of the vehicle, and Stockdale told the man he would be back. According to authorities, Stockdale got into his car, backed up and pulled forward, striking Litaker on the left side of his body. Stockdale then backed up again, hit a pole and pulled forward, striking a red car. His vehicle came to a stop, said Capt. John Sifford.
Litaker and other employees opened the car door of the Lexus and Stockdale got out and left on foot.
The N.C. Highway Patrol was called for an accident report.
Officials said Stockdale returned while Loritts, who was yelling, spitting, kicking and cursing at officers. He told authorities that she was his wife. Garage employees yelled, “That’s him.”
The Rowan County deputy who responded to the call had a Sheriff’s Office dog in the back of his vehicle, so Salisbury police officers arrived to transport Loritts. According to a warrant, she cursed and used demeaning language toward officers. The warrant said she kicked, spit and fought while in restraints and she kicked and hit a patrol car window, knocking it off track.
Rowan County deputies charged both Loritts and Stockdale. The Salisbury Police Department charged Loritts with damaging the patrol car.
Salisbury police Capt. Shelia Lingle said Loritts was placed in a police car and became belligerent with officers and beat on the vehicle. The officer opened the door to tell her, “That’s not necessary,” and she got out of the car and had to be put back inside. She kicked the window and was restrained.
Loritts and Stockdale have been released, each on a $5,000 secured bond.