REIDSVILLE — A good Samaritan helped a Rockingham County Sheriff’s deputy arrest a 29-year-old local man who struck the deputy’s patrol car, and crashed a drug-filled SUV into a tractor trailer here Wednesday night.
Damon Jamont Blackwell of 671 Manley Farm Road, was carrying 35 pounds of marijuana, 1.4 kilos of cocaine, and $4,500 in cash inside his Jeep Grand Cherokee when he hit Deputy Tyler Wiseman, who was patrolling Grooms Road around 8:22 p.m., according to Sgt. Kevin Suthard, public information officer for the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.
The drugs have a street value of about $120,000, authorities estimated.
Wiseman and K-9 passenger “Buttercup” were not injured in the hit and run and pursued Blackwell’s Jeep. But Blackwell did not yield to the deputy’s siren and blue lights. In his attempt to elude Wiseman, Blackwell crashed into a tractor-trailer on U.S. 29 Bypass near McWalker Road.
Next, Blackwell ran from his crashed SUV and down the side of the highway. Wiseman chased him on foot and attempted to arrest Blackwell, but the suspect fought him, Suthard said in a statement.
The tussle caught the eye of an unnamed motorist who pulled over and helped the deputy subdue Blackwell, Suthard explained. After treatment at a local hospital for minor crash injuries, Blackwell was arrested.The unnamed driver of the big rig was not injured.
Authorities charged Blackwell with: assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer; assault on a government official; resist, delay and obstruct; flee to elude arrest; reckless driving to endanger; failure to yield; driving while license revoked; hit and run; leaving the scene with property damage; failure to stop for flashing blue lights; and a speed violation.
Officials expect to bring additional drug charges after county narcotics investigators consult with District Attorney Jason Ramey, according to Suthard.
Blackwell is being held in the Rockingham County Detention Center on $500,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court on Dec. 3.