A Cleveland man involved in a wreck Saturday faces multiple charges, including assault on two law enforcement officials.
Kamaron Maurice Lazenby, 20, of Triplett Road, is charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury to a law enforcement officer, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute a Schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance. He was also charged with misdemeanor communicating threats, simple possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, resisting a public officer and two counts of injury to personal property.
Lazenby is being held in lieu of a $78,500 secured bond.
On Saturday, deputies were called to assist a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper at the scene of a crash at Cornflower and Bethesda roads. The driver was acting suspicious, Sheriff Darren Campbell said. He added the trooper indicated there was a strong smell of marijuana coming from the driver’s car.
Deputy Devin Maness arrived and spoke with the driver, identified as Lazenby, about the odor, Campbell said. Lazenby then shoved the deputy away from the car as the officer began to search the vehicle.
Campbell said the suspect was told he was under arrest and attacked Deputy Maness. The trooper ran to assist the deputy; Campbell said Lazenby bit Maness’ arm and the trooper suffered a serious injury. Warrants indicated the suspect bit the left forearm of the deputy and drew blood.
Campbell said the suspect was handcuffed after he assaulted and resisted both officers.
Warrants indicated a search of the vehicle found approximately 19 grams of marijuana, along with a grinder, baggies and scales.
Warrants further allege Lazenby threatened a deputy by claiming he’d shoot the deputy once released from custody.
Maness was treated at the scene by Iredell County EMS and sent to a local medical facility for additional treatment, Campbell said. He did not comment on the deputy’s current condition.
Lazenby is scheduled to appear in Iredell County District Court March 16.
He turns 21 Wednesday.