Goldsboro man arrested, charged after resisting arrest, reaching for gun, officials say

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A Goldsboro man is facing multiple charges after authorities say he fought off a Wayne County Sheriff’s Office deputy and reached for a gun during an arrest on Wednesday.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred after deputies made a traffic stop in the area of Catalpa Street and N. Jefferson Avenue in Goldsboro for a driving violation.

Once the vehicle stopped, the driver, identified as Phillip Evans, 33, of Pikeville, got out of the vehicle without being told to by deputies, the sheriff’s office said. After that, the other occupant, Rodney Lewis, 24, was directed to get out of the vehicle and stand behind it.

According to authorities, Lewis did not comply with numerous commands and began to reach for something on his side as deputies tried to arrest him. After reach towards his side, “a physical altercation ensued between Lewis and the deputies and during the altercation it was discovered Lewis possessed a firearm in [his] jacket pocket,” the sheriff’s office said in a release.

After detaining Lewis, deputies continued the investigation and found narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

Lewis is charged with possession of a firearm by felon, possession of Schedule II, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, resist delay or obstruct, damage to government property, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the incident that officials say occurred during a traffic stop.

Evans was also arrested and charged with possession of Schedule II controlled substance.

Lewis was booked into the Wayne County Detention Center under a $135,000 secured bond. Evans was booked under a $2,000 secured bond.

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