Suspect thought he was at BBQ festival

Published 10:20 am Thursday, June 21, 2018

A resident on Bugle Lane looked out the window of their home Sunday morning and saw a man slumped in the driver’s seat of a vehicle – partly on the road and partly in their yard.

When Davie sheriff’s deputies arrived, they got the black male (later identified  as Marcus Fortune, 43, of Mocksville) in a white Exposition to roll down his window. After asking the man if he knew where he was, the man replied “the Lexington BBQ festival.”

With that festival being in October, they continued to try to talk to the man, with limited success, said Sheriff J.D. Hartman.

All of a sudden, the man cranked the vehicle, put it in reverse and slammed into one of the patrol cars. He then put it into drive and headed straight for the officers.

The deputies jumped out of the way, and the suspect continued down Bugle Lane. The problem: Bugle Lane is a dead-end road, and the suspect was headed the wrong way.

At the end, there are two drives, one to a house and one to a motorcycle shop, Hartman said. The man chose the route to the left, and his vehicle overturned into the motorcycle shop.

He still wouldn’t obey officer commands, Hartman said, and crawled out the passenger’s side window.

Officers tazed the suspect. It didn’t work, and he came at the officers fighting, Hartman said. The suspect ran away, officers caught him and tazed him again, and another fight began. This time, officers got the suspect into custody, with the help of a civilian.

After in custody, the suspect said that he didn’t feel well. They took him to Wake Forest Baptist Davie Medical Center, and doctors there said he was suffering from a cocaine related health problem. He was then taken to Baptist in Winston-Salem, where he was admitted.

The sheriff’s car and the motorcycle shop sustained minor damage, while the suspect’s vehicle was extensively damaged.

In the vehicle, officers found 13 grams of crack cocaine, two ounces of marijuana and a “large” amount of cash, Hartman said.

Upon his release, Fortune will be charged with: fleeing to elude arrest with a vehicle, felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell cocaine and marijuana, assault with a deadly weapon, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon (a machete), resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.