Man facing drug charges after fleeing from Statesville Police

Photo Credit: Statesville Police Department 

A man is facing multiple charges after Statesville Police said he fled from officers during a traffic stop before crashing into a low brick wall. Methamphetamine was found in the car after the wreck, they said.

The incident began at 4:40 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4. along Taylorsville Road at Interstate-40. 

An officer with the Statesville Police Department attempted to pull over a Chevrolet Trailblazer for a vehicle equipment violation. The vehicle, which had three people inside, initially stopped but as the officer approached the vehicle, it fled onto I-40 heading east. 

Police said the vehicle got onto Wilkesboro Hwy and exited, at which time the Statesville officer saw it stop on the exit ramp and two passengers get out of the vehicle, which drove away a second time. 

The Statesville officer remained with the two passengers on the side of the road, and relayed to dispatch that the suspect vehicle was heading south on N Center Street. 

Moments later, the vehicle crested the hill near Center Street and Stockton Street and an officer and the on-duty patrol captain, who were heading north on N Center Street, were passed by the southbound suspect vehicle. As officers attempted to turn around on the vehicle, it went through the red light on Water Street, almost colliding with a vehicle, at which time it began fishtailing and lost control, Statesville Police said. 

According to Statesville Police, officers saw the vehicle strike a flowerbed and travel into the driveway of Risto’s Place and Twisted Oak before it struck a low brick wall and overturned.  

The suspect, Matthew Robert Budney, 36, had minor cuts on his arm but refused EMS treatment on scene. He was taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital for medical clearance before to being transported to the Iredell County Jail. 

Officers searched the vehicle and located a bag containing methamphetamine inside.

Budney is charged with felony speed to elude arrest, felony possession of methamphetatime and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also issued multiple citations for traffic violations, vehicle equipment violations and driving while license revoked. The two passengers received no charges and were released on scene, police said.