Kannapolis man jailed for striking deputy, crashing into house

Kannapolis man jailed for striking deputy, crashing into house

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Kannapolis man was jailed after deputies say he crashed his car into a house while running from police, then slapped at a deputy.

According to the report, Landis Police were involved in a pursuit when they lost sight of the silver Chevy Malibu they were following.

Jabari Elon Watts, 26, of Westover Avenue in Kannapolis, was identified as the driver.

A few minutes later a Rowan County Sheriff's deputy spotted the Malibu.  Watts then crashed into a house in the 700 block of Ebenezer Avenue.

Carlos Gonzalez, who was driving a white van, stopped where the crash occurred and asked if he could help.

When deputies arrived, they say Watts was running around Gonzalez's van and then jumped in the van on the passenger's side. Gonzalez told officers didn't know Watts.

Deputies tried to get Watts to get out of the vehicle, but he didn't comply.   When deputies drew their weapons, Watts then got out of the van, but then scuffled with a deputy after he was caught trying to run away.

Watts was arrested and charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer; misdemeanor assault of a law enforcement officer; misdemeanor injury to real property; parole violation; felony fleeing to elude arrest; and failure to appear or comply.

Watts told deputies that he ran from police because he was wanted on outstanding warrants in Cabarrus County.

He faces additional charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance Schedule I in Kannapolis and misdemeanor failure to appear and driving while license revoked in Cabarrus County.

Watts remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $321,500 secured bond.

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