Zebulon suspect arrested in S.C.

A police officer was injured early Friday in a chase after a car theft

Staff WriterSeptember 20, 2009 

A man Zebulon police say was involved in a car theft and chase that left an officer injured early Friday was arrested that night on a charge of car-jacking in Greenville County, S.C.

Police said Jason Earl Anthony, 32, of 103 Jordan Lane in Wake Forest stole a woman's Jeep while she went into a convenience store in western Greenville County. He ordered a 12-year-old out of the car and drove a short distance before police arrested him about 7:38 p.m. Friday, Greenville deputy Matthew Armstrong said.

Authorities had been looking for Anthony since early Friday morning, when two Zebulon officers responded to a call about a suspicious person at a convenience store on West Gannon Avenue in Zebulon. A clerk told police some men acting drunk left the store in a blue 2002 Ford Ranger. The officers found the truck at a Swift Mart on N.C. 97 and Marshburn Road in Lizard Lick.

Trainee officer C. Brandon Atwood approached the passenger side of the truck, where the door was open. When he leaned in, the driver put the truck in reverse and started backing up. The passenger closed the door, trapping Atwood against the frame. Police say the driver put the truck in drive and Atwood fell out. But the truck ran over his leg, breaking it just above the ankle.

A state trooper later saw the truck north of Zebulon and chased it until it crashed in a ditch on Ferrell Road, just east of N.C. 96. The driver, believed to have been Anthony, fled while the trooper detained three other people.

Charges against Anthony in the Zebulon incident include attempted murder of a police officer, larceny, resisting arrest and a number of traffic-related offenses.

Anthony also faces a felony charge of car-jacking in Greenville County. He was being held in Greenville County without bail Saturday on the Zebulon charges, pending extradition to Wake County.

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