A left-hand turn from a travel lane led to a man’s arrest on drug and weapon charges this morning.
The stop by Roanoke Rapids Police Department Master Officer M. Hunsucker occurred shortly after 1 today as the officer was patrolling in the area of Roanoke Avenue and Eleventh Street when he noticed a vehicle in his travel lane not moving.
Further observation by the officer, according to a statement by interim Chief Bobby Martin, showed the driver made a left turn from the travel lane.
As the officer pulled behind the vehicle to make a stop the driver, later identified as Elijah Thorne, 21, swerved and hit the curb.
Hunsucker noticed a magazine to a handgun in the driver’s lap.
Thorne, of the Roanoke Rapids area, was asked to get out of the vehicle so Hunsucker could check for weapons.
Thorne had an outstanding order for arrest. A search of the vehicle yielded a handgun, plastic bag containing pills, a jar with bags of marijuana and digital scales.
Thorne faces charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver MDMA; possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana; maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance; felony possession of schedule 1; possession of paraphernalia; carrying a concealed weapon and no operator’s license.
He was also served with the outstanding warrant for communicating threats and assault by pointing a gun.
Thorne received a $12,000 bond and July 3 court date.
Sergeant A. Salmon and Officer D. Newsome assisted.