NC Highway Patrol charges man fleeing to elude arrest

MARION — Detective Patrick Guion of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Andrew Lee Fox, 37, of 121 Berry St. in Morganton, with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, possession of methamphetamine and resisting a public officer.

Trooper Justin Sanders of the N.C. Highway Patrol charged Fox with fleeing to elude arrest, driving while license revoked and reckless driving to endanger. He was also served with orders for arrest for failing to appear in court on two counts of fictitious or altered title or registration card or tag and one count each of driving while license revoked and expired registration card or tag.

On the evening of Tuesday, June 19, N.C. Highway Patrol troopers were conducting a checkpoint on Nix Creek Church Road. Guion was assisting with surveillance in the area, where drug activity had been reported.

A black Nissan Pathfinder with a fictitious plate approached Guion and Trooper Daniel Alexander as they stood in the road, and increased its speed as it got closer.
Both officers were able to get out of the way, and the Nissan continued traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed. Sanders, Alexander and Guion pursued the suspect onto Nix Creek Road, Lytle Mountain Road and McHone Drive.

On a bridge crossing Crooked Creek, the driver, later identified as Fox, fled from the vehicle, ran across the bridge and jumped into the creek. Guion jumped in after him, swam upstream and eventually apprehended Fox.

Once Fox was back on the bank, he became sick. Officers learned that he swallowed a small bag of crystal-like substance that appeared to be methamphetamine. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for a couple of days before being released and served with the charges.