by Clellie Allen
LOUISBURG — A 30-year-old received a civics lesson Monday, courtesy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. He also received a trip to the Franklin County jail and a $2,000 bond.
Napolean Lee Thomas called 911 shortly after 7 p.m. to request transportation from his mother’s home on Ferrells Bridge Road. When Deputy Jonathan Wells called him back, Thomas asked him for a ride to Fox Park Mobile Home Park in Louisburg.
Thomas reportedly told Wells that he’d had two beers and wanted to leave because he was bored. Wells told him that the Sheriff’s office wasn’t able to provide transportation for that reason and recommended calling a taxi instead.
Claiming he had no money for a taxi, Thomas told Wells, “Its your job to protect and serve, so come pick me up.”
Wells warned Thomas it was illegal to call 911 if he did not have an emergency, at which point Thomas reportedly replied, “Well, I guess I will have to kill someone if you won’t come to my house.”
Wells asked Thomas if he was serious and he said, “Well, it would get you to my house, wouldn’t it?”
Wells told Thomas he was on his way and to meet him, to come to the end of his driveway.
When Wells arrived, he asked Thomas if he still wanted to go to Louisburg, and Thomas said yes. Then Wells asked if he really wanted to kill anyone and Thomas said, “I was just joking.”
Wells then charged Thomas with misuse of the 911 system and he was taken to jail.
ZEBULON — A Franklin County deputy narrowly escaped serious injury when a man attempted to flee arrest by ramming his pickup into the deputy’s patrol vehicle Sunday.
Deputy B. Lester was dispatched shortly before 5:30 p.m. for a call concerning David Ray Stancil, 34, who was driving on Pine Ridge Road and reportedly threatening suicide. He was able to locate Stancil’s vehicle, a Chevrolet pick up, as he turned onto Hale Store Road, toward N.C. 39.
Although Lester turned on his blue lights, Stancil reportedly continued to drive without slowing. Shortly after Lester turned his siren on, Stancil slammed on brakes to make an abrupt stop in the middle of the righthand lane of Hale Store Road, before slowly moving forward again.
Lester moved his patrol car around Stancil’s truck and stopped about three car lengths in front of Stancil to try and prevent a chase.
As Lester observed Stancil’s vehicle in his rear-view mirror, he saw the truck “squat as if the suspect stomped on the gas.” Lester accelerated his patrol car in an attempt to decrease the impact of the collision just before Stancil rammed his truck into the back of the patrol car.
Stancil then went around the deputy at a high rate of speed toward N.C. 39. He ran the stop sign at the intersection with N.C. 39, pulling out in front of oncoming traffic, toward Pilot. He then veered to the right onto Old U.S. 64 and continued to the driveway at 4522 Old. U.S. 64.
Stancil got out of his truck and proceeded to walk toward the residence, ignoring Lester’s repeated commands to stop and place his hands behind his back. Stancil reportedly claimed he’d done nothing wrong. Lester then used an armbar technique to force Stancil to the ground for the arrest.
Stancil was evaluated at Novant Health Franklin Medical Center as well to the magistrate where he was charged before being taken to jail.