Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a man wanted in connection with reportedly driving off with a sheriff’s deputy “dragging behind the car.”
Kyeric Tashaun Sweet, 21, of Wilmington is wanted on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin; assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement officer; two felony probation violations and a misdemeanor probation violation, according to Lt. Jerry Brewer, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
The incident began when deputies and Wilmington police officers assigned to the Housing Unit Task force stopped a man at the Kangaroo gas station on Gordon Road at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Brewer said.
“As they were walking into the business they noticed a subject sitting in the passenger seat of a car they knew to be Kyeric Tashaun Sweet,” Brewer said. “The Task Force knew he had active felony warrants for probation violations and they have been searching for him in the Houston Moore area.”
Deputies then approached the car to take Sweet into custody. As they approached, Sweet reportedly moved into the driver’s seat.
‘The deputy then opened the driver’s door and attempted to take him into custody. Sweet sped off in the vehicle, dragging the deputy about 20 yards,” Brewer said.
Sweet reportedly crashed the car into a ditch near the gas station and fled on foot. Deputies and K-9 officers attempted to track him in the area, but were unsuccessful.
The deputy was taken to Cape Fear Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Deputies continue to search for Sweet. Anyone with information about Sweet or his whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at (910) 798-4200 or submit an online tip.