Salisbury man charged after giving brother’s name to police

Published 7:28 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2019

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man was charged Monday after he was arrested and gave his brother’s name to police.

The Salisbury Police Department arrested James Edward Coe, 26, about 4:45 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott hotel parking lot. Officers said he and a woman were sitting in the parking lot smoking marijuana. Both were charged with drug possession.

When an officer asked James for his name, he told them he was Jeffrey Ian Coe. Police booked Coe under that name into the Rowan County Detention Center under a $2,500 secured bond.

Police officials said Tuesday that after they determined he lied about his identity, they arrested him on the same charges, plus an additional charge of misdemeanor resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer for giving a false name.

James Coe also was charged with misdemeanor simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was issued a $5,000 secured bond and has since been released from the county jail.

Police spotted James sitting in a vehicle with 18-year-old Kendall Leanne Galloway. Coe admitted to the officer that he was high. He was searched and officers found a plastic bag with marijuana inside his coat pocket. Police also found a coin purse with a crystal-like substance, determined to be meth, inside the driver’s side door of the car.

Police said initially Coe gave officers an incorrect date of birth and was charged with resisting arrest.

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