Man's elusive move to avoid checkpoint ends with drug charges

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Police say a Salisbury man made it a little too obvious that he was trying to avoid a traffic checkpoint that police had set up Thursday night at the intersection of N. Long and Short Streets.

According to the report, Benjamin Shane Rogers, 49, was driving a 2007 Chevy Aveo on N. Long when he apparently spotted the flashing blue lights and tried to turn around to head in the other direction.

An officer followed Rogers and pulled him over.

Officers noted that Rogers seemed to be acting in a very nervous manner, especially when asked to take his registration from the car's glove box.

A search of the glove box turned a small rock believed to be methamphetamine, along with a straw, lighter, and plastic pipe.

Rogers was charged with drug possession and jailed under $2500 bond.

In all, police made 39 charges on drivers passing through the check point.  Among the charges were 3 driver's with no license, 6 driving on a revoked license, 4 seatbelt violations, 1 child safety seat violation, 8 expired registrations, 2 inspection violations, 5 "other," 1 incorrect address, 1 driver with no insurance, 1 charge for windows that were too dark, 2 with outstanding warrants, and 1 methamphetamine charge.

The check point was conducted by the Salisbury Police, the East Spencer Police, and the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.