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Zebulon police arrest three, seek one after chase

Posted September 18, 2009
Updated September 19, 2009

— Authorities spent most of Friday looking for the man they said fled from police after an alleged theft and a police chase that left an officer with a broken leg.

Zebulon police were looking for Jason Earl Anthony, 32, of 103 Jordan Lane in Wake Forest, who they said was armed and dangerous. Anthony is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder on a police officer, larceny, resisting, delaying and obstructing arrest and various traffic-related offenses.

Police arrested three other people early Friday morning.

Terry Lynn Pearce Sr., 43, of 1252 M.C. Wilder Road in Louisburg; Terry Lynn Pearce Jr., 20, of 4510 Momose Tree Lane in Raleigh; and Ashley Elizabeth Jones, 19, of 1980 Spring Drive in Garner, were all in the Wake County jail Friday before a court appearance Monday.

Zebulon police said the four people were in a blue 2002 Ford Ranger pickup parked at the Swift Mart, on Lizard Lick Road, around 1:40 a.m. when officers approached. Police said the truck matched the description given by a clerk at the Scotchman Convenience Store, 503 W. Gannon Ave., who reported people stealing beer and propane cylinders.

Sgt. Tivon Howard approached the driver's side of the truck, and Officer Brandon Atwood went to the passenger's door, which was open, and leaned in. The driver then put the truck in reverse, and the front-seat passenger closed the door, pinning Atwood, police said.

"Officer Atwood was trapped in between the passenger door and the frame of the truck," Zebulon Police Chief Tim Hayworth said.

“(It’s a) very brazen act,” he said. “It's obvious that the driver knows that the officer is trapped in the door.”

The truck dragged Atwood about 15 to 20 feet down the street, police said.

"The officer was able to get his weapon out. (He) fired three rounds at the suspects. Being that he was being dragged, he did not hit the suspects," Hayworth said. "The person let go of the door, he dropped free, and then the vehicle ran over the officer."

Atwood, a trainee who had been in the field for 12 days, was treated at WakeMed for a broken leg. He was released and "is in good spirits at home," Hayworth said.

State Highway Patrol troopers spotted the truck on N.C. Highway 96, near Jack Mitchell Road, and a short chase ensued. Haywood said Terry Pearce Jr. threw a propane tank from the back of the truck as troopers gave chase.

The truck wrecked in a ditch on Ferrell Road. The driver jumped out and ran, and the other three were taken into custody, police said.

Pearce Sr. was charged with two counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and larceny and resisting, delaying and obstructing arrest. His bond was set at $56,000.

According to state Department of Correction records, his criminal record dates to 1982 and includes convictions for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, selling drugs, habitual impaired driving and speeding to elude arrest.

Pearce Jr. was charged with accessory after the fact and underage possession of a container of wine or beer. He was held on a $10,000 bond.

Jones was charged with resisting, delaying or obstructing arrest and give a $3,000 bond.

DOC records show that Pearce Jr. is on probation for DWI, and Jones was given probation last September for larceny and attempted vehicle breaking-and-entering.

Zebulon police asked anyone with information about Anthony’s whereabouts to call 919-269-7455.

Police said that his prior criminal history including assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, trafficking heroin and speeding to elude arrest.

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  • princessdukedaisey Sep 18, 5:40 p.m.

    Think....I responded on your wall, as WRAL will not post my comment to you.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Sep 18, 4:56 p.m.

    Think, I responded on your wall...

    Have a good weekend!

  • 2Leo Sep 18, 4:48 p.m.

    What school fight are you talking about....where is this story?

  • Thinkb4uspeak Sep 18, 4:39 p.m.

    There's a huge difference in this story and the school story, and it has nothing to do with RACE. This happened at 2 am and only involved a hand full of people. The school incident took place in the middle of the day at a high school with CHILDREN FIGHTING. Hundreds of students were in that cafeteria and could have been seriously injured. It has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with the fact of what is transpiring in our public school systems to need 40 officers called to a high school.-princessdukedaisey

    I'll be honest. I know wasn't there butI think that whole event was sensationalized. What type of melee requires 40 officers and involves only three arrest and no injuries to speak of? "It involves CHILDREN FIGHTING". Did children just start fighting or something!. Children have ALWAYS fought in school. The fact is it was a SCHOOL FIGHT compared to a burglary turned assault, turned attempted murder. THOSE ARE THE FACTS. 200 posts (many hateful) vs 50 (sensible). Y?

  • princessdukedaisey Sep 18, 4:00 p.m.

    OOOHHH....HERES MORE.... “Jason was ( and I stress was) a good guy, last nights episode was over a year in the making. His family has know for months that he is a pill/meth/crack head.” “And I'll bet these people were put on probation for all the previous crimes they committed. Lock them up this time and throw away the key.”

    For someone who "doesn't like to play the race card"... you sure are playing it. There's a huge difference in this story and the school story, and it has nothing to do with RACE. This happened at 2 am and only involved a hand full of people. The school incident took place in the middle of the day at a high school with CHILDREN FIGHTING. Hundreds of students were in that cafeteria and could have been seriously injured. It has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with the fact of what is transpiring in our public school systems to need 40 officers called to a high school. Get over the race issue and your self and look at the facts of these stories

  • Thinkb4uspeak Sep 18, 3:56 p.m.

    Coach K,

    I responded to your comment on your wall since WRAL would not post it.

  • Mom2two Sep 18, 3:55 p.m.

    They look like they are running a meth lab. Be interesting to see if they get PC for search warrants for their houses.

  • princessdukedaisey Sep 18, 3:55 p.m.

    Thinkb4uspeak- you are exactly right!!! Please read the love and support that these WHITE criminals have from the GOLOERS:

    ”when hes caught dont let him out of jail he dont seem to learn” “Jason has been in trouble and on drugs for along time now.... When they catch him, they need to keep him locked up.” “once again, someone who should not be on the street. History of assualting LEO's, trafficking drugs, and now this. Lets hope he gets picked up soon before hurting anyone else and is locked up forever” “Poor officer...i hope they catch that guy, before he does something else.” “that this jerk and others like him will live the rest of their days somewhere besides in public. “This guy was probably stealing the propane to make meth or something...”

    ”Propane tanks are used in Meth Labs..... this is a horrible story. Drugs will mess a person up, I hope they find Jason.” “Crazy family!! Lock them all up and forget about them!”

  • Thinkb4uspeak Sep 18, 3:53 p.m.

    Coach K,

    I've attempted to respond to you the three seperate times, but for some reason WRAL won't post my comment. I don't know why. It's not offensive. I'll try again.

  • ashewing Sep 18, 3:51 p.m.

    buco - I agree we have done stupid things as kids. However, the individuals involved in this incident, are adults! They may not act like it, but they should know better by they time they're in their 30's & 40's. As for the 20 yr old we know why he's not, look at the example he has grown up with. So sad.

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