On September 18, the man who was driving the truck that caused a Zebulon police officer personal injuries by dragging and running over him was apprehended by authorities in South Carolina after leading them on a chase.
Late that night, Jason Early Anthony was arrested in Greenville County, South Carolina for a car jacking in the area. Law enforcement there later learned he was wanted in Zebulon.
Anthony was held without bond as he awaited extraction to Wake County. He is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder on a police officer, larceny, resist-delay and obstruct, and various traffic related offenses.
Zebulon police said that Anthony was the driver of the vehicle that injured Officer Brandon Atwood.
Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on the day of Anthony’s arrest, Atwood and Sgt. Tivon Howard responded to a call at the Scotchman Convenience Store on West Gannon Avenue in Zebulon regarding the occupants of a blue Ford Ranger attempting to steal propane cylinders.
As the officers questioned the men in the truck, Anthony put the truck in reverse and began driving away. Atwood became trapped between the passenger door and the truck. He was dragged a short distance before Anthony changed directions and ran over his leg.
The truck was spotted by a member of the North Carolina Highway Patrol shortly after. After a short pursuit, the truck wrecked on Ferrell Road and 43-year-old Terry Lynn Pearce Sr., 20-year-old Terry Lynn Pearce Jr., and 19-year-old Ashley Elizabeth Jones were arrested, but Anthony remained at large at that point.