ZEBULON — Wake County sheriff’s deputies charged a man with assaulting them, assault by strangulation and several other offenses after they were sent to investigate a domestic disturbance Sunday morning.
Jonathan Dewayne Padgett, 30, was being held on a $60,000 bond for a court appearance Monday morning. Warrants for his arrest listed his address as 113 Hillside Drive in Louisburg, but reports of the arrests listed his address as 4100 Zebulon Road, where deputies arrested him.
According to the warrants and reports, deputies were dispatched to the house about 10:30 a.m. in regard to damage that had been done earlier in the morning at the home owned by Jolly Edward Padgett.
While they were arresting Jonathan Padgett on a charge of damage to real property, warrants said, he began to hit one deputy in the face and body, cutting him on the head, then tried to strangle him with a choke hold. Padgett hit a second deputy in the eye with his elbow, the warrants alleged.
The incident also involved a 20-gauge shotgun being fired near the house and possession of a firearm by a felon. Padgett has felony convictions for larceny and drug possession, according to state prison records.
The charges against Padgett were assault by strangulation, two counts of assault on a government official, injury to real property, two counts of injury to personal property (deputies’ uniforms and two counts of resisting a public officer. He was charged, too, with violating a county ordinance against discharging a firearm too close to a home.
When deputies brought Padgett to the Wake County Detention Center, he was charged there with having a controlled substance in a jail. Officials said they found a drug called clonazepam., which is a muscle relaxant and anti-convulsion medication that requires a prescription.
The sheriff’s office reported Monday that neither deputy was seriously injured, but one had been assigned to light duty for two days as a precaution.