Traffic stop leads to string of charges
SPRUCE PINE – A Green Mountain man was arrested and is facing a litany of charges after a traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs, a high-speed chase and assault on a law enforcement officer.
Matthew Seth Peterson, 24, of 1571 Brummits Creek Road, Green Mountain, was arrested by Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Bowman and charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, felony fleeing to elude arrest, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, assault on a government official, resisting arrest, reckless driving, simple possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia and child abuse.
Bowman wrote in his report Peterson, driving a 2013 Dodge Journey, was pulled over around midnight Saturday, March 30, at the intersection of US 19E and Penland Road. Bowman said Peterson was visibly nervous and when he reached for his driver’s license, a hypodermic needle was seen in his lap. When Bowman asked Peterson to step out of his vehicle, Peterson began “moving around a lot,” according to the police report, prompting Bowman to open the door in an attempt to remove Peterson from his vehicle.
While trying to remove Peterson, Bowman noticed a female in the front passenger seat and a child in the back seat of the vehicle. Peterson then tried to shut his door, striking Bowman’s left arm, before putting his vehicle in gear and driving away, according to the report. Bowman then returned to his car, called for backup and proceeded to chase Peterson toward the Yancey County line at speeds more than 100 miles per hour, according to the report. Peterson then slammed on his breaks and began throwing things out of his vehicle, Bowman said.
After stopping, Peterson exited his vehicle and asked Bowman to kill him while throwing things he was removing from his pockets, according to the report. Bowman, not knowing if Peterson was armed, pulled his gun and gave Peterson verbal commands to lay prone on the ground with his arms out to the side, Bowman said. Peterson remained on the ground until backup arrived because of the female passenger still in the vehicle. After approaching Peterson to place him under arrest, Bowman said Peterson began kicking him. Peterson was eventually placed in Bowman’s car, taken before Mitchell County Magistrate Zachary Peterson and transported to the McDowell County Jail, where he is being held on a $57,500 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court April 24.