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Blotter: South Carolina man involved in foot chase charged with attempted murder

Officers with the Granite Quarry-Faith Joint Police Department on Friday arrested James Ellerbre King, 22, a South Carolina man wanted for a number of offenses in Rowan County after a foot chase on May 26.

King was out on bond on a charge of attempted murder in South Carolina.

According to May 26 arrest warrants, King was approached on South Main Street while driving a stolen 2002 Ford F-350 pickup at least 15 mph over the speed limit. He was driving erratically, which led to an accident, warrants said.

Once the vehicle came to a stop, King provided fictitious information to a law enforcement officer, producing identification for a relative whose name was originally listed in arrest warrants as Kendall Walker King. A foot chase followed, and officers discovered methamphetamine and hypodermic needles in the vehicle.

Authorities took James King to the hospital to be treated for injuries, then discovered that the name he provided was that of his brother. King eluded arrest by leaving the hospital without notifying medical personnel.

Charges filed against James King in Rowan County include felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle; felony possession of methamphetamine; two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; misdemeanor resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer; and felony possession of a stolen vehicle.

He is held under a combined  $76,000 secured bond.

He is also under a $150,000 secured bond for extradition as a fugitive of another state.

In Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reports:

• Renato Omar Vargas-Cruz, 23, of Columbia, Maryland, was charged Sunday with possession of a controlled substance at the Rowan County Detention Center.

• Donna Michelle James, 45, of Lexington, was charged Saturday with felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun.

• Thomas John Knudsen, 25, of Gold Hill, was charged Friday with misdemeanor possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and felony fleeing to elude arrest in a motor vehicle.

In Salisbury Police Department reports:

• Brandon Nicholas Jackson, 21, of Salisbury, was charged Friday with misdemeanor fleeing to elude arrest in a motor vehicle; felony hit and run resulting in injury; misdemeanor possession of marijuana; misdemeanor resisting a public officer; two counts of misdemeanor injury to real property; felony assault with a deadly weapon against a government official; and misdemeanor injury to trees, crops or land.

According to arrest warrants, Jackson led officers on a chase along Myron Place, Harrel Street and South Arlington Street, driving recklessly and in excess of 15 mph over the speed limit. He also attempted to assault officers with his vehicle, a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee, warrants stated.

He crashed his vehicle near Walmart on South Arlington, damaging a stop sign, yield sign, the store’s wooden fence, and a tree in the parking lot. A woman was injured in the crash, warrants stated.

Jackson is held on a combined $40,000 secured bond.

• Cordaurl Cowan, 31, of East Spencer, was charged Saturday with felony possession of cocaine.

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