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Sheriff praises deputy who wrangled with fleeing driver


An Alamance County sheriff’s deputy was slightly injured after making a traffic stop in Burlington Wednesday afternoon when the driver attempted to flee, carrying the deputy stuck on the driver’s door for about 25 feet; the deputy was ultimately able to enter the moving vehicle, struggled with the driver, and then gained control of the car and stopped it.

Arrested was Fredrick Dontae Slade, black, male, 47, 702 Elizabeth Street, Burlington.

The deputy sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by EMS, according to the sheriff’s office.

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According to the sheriff’s office, a search following the arrest as well as a probable cause search resulted in deputies finding approximately 11 grams of cocaine, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and an automatic handgun.

Slade has been charged with a slew of charges stemming from Wednesday’s incident:

1 count: felony possession with intent to sell and distribute cocaine;

1 count: felony delivery of cocaine;

1 count: felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction;

1 count of felony kidnapping;

1 count of felony assault on a law enforcement officer;

1 count of misdemeanor resisting, delaying, and obstructing a law enforcement officer;

1 count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana

2 counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia;

1 count of driving while license revoked.

Slade is being held without bond.

In a brief interview the day after the incident, sheriff Terry Johnson praised the deputy, Kyle Peeks, for his “outstanding” actions in securing Slade’s arrest.

Peeks is an investigator with the sheriff’s office Special Operations Unit.  “He’s lucky not to have been hurt real bad,” Johnson said of Peeks’ injuries.

“I’m proud of every one of my officers,” the sheriff said.

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