Mooresville teen jumps in water to evade authorities, charged with drug possession

Published 5:03 pm Thursday, January 25, 2018

MOORESVILLE — Iredell County authorities say a Mooresville teenager who was smoking marijuana with a friend on a boat dock jumped into cold water to evade deputies.

The incident occurred Monday at 191 Old Post Road in Mooresville.

Christopher James Werner, 19, of the 100 block of Fairway Drive, was charged with felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana; felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to sell a controlled substance; felony possession of marijuana; misdemeanor resisting an officer; and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Robert Taylor Moore, 20, of the 100 block of Torrence Chapel Road, Mooresville, was charged with possession of marijuana.

Officials said suspicious vehicles were reported near the boat docks on Old Post Road in the Point, off Brawley School Road. Deputies found a black van parked in a cul-de-sac near the boats.

While checking the docks and boats, deputies found Moore and asked him what he was doing on the boat docks. Moore admitted that he was smoking marijuana with his friend Werner.

Deputies tried to find Werner and discovered that he had jumped into the water to hide when the deputies arrived. Deputies then saw Werner coming out of the water. Iredell County EMS was called to check on Werner, who was extremely cold, authorities said.

A search of the van turned up a package of marijuana weighing 12.5 ounces with an estimated street value of $6,800 and numerous smaller plastic bags consistent with packaging marijuana for sale.

Werner was issued a $4,000 secured bond.