Man assaults father, steals tractor, caught on I-40

Published 9:04 am Thursday, August 26, 2021

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By Mike Barnhardt

Enterprise Record

When you commit crime, it may be best that your get-away vehicle isn’t a tractor.

A Mocksville man was arrested Saturday night as he fled the scene of a crime on a stolen tractor – on I-40.

Jonathan Todd White, 38, of Canterbury Lane, faces multiple charges from Davie and Iredell law enforcement agencies, reported Davie Sheriff J.D. Hartman.

Davie deputies went to Canterbury Lane at about 10:56 p.m. Saturday in reference to a report of a stolen tractor. They learned that White had stolen the tractor and several other items from his father, who lives next door. He reportedly had also assaulted his father.

The deputies soon learned that the tractor – a Massey Ferguson – was on I-40 headed toward Iredell County. Iredell deputies located the tractor as it was entering that county, Hartman said.

“White began fighting with both Iredell and Davie County deputies,” Hartman said. “One Iredell deputy had White’s bodily fluids on his face and a Davie deputy was bitten by White and suffered an injury to his hand.”

White remained combative when taken to the detention center, and bit a female detention officer.

He was charged by Davie with: felony larceny, 2 counts felony breaking and entering, larceny of a firearm, misdemeanor larceny, assault, damage to property, assault on a law enforcement officer and two counts of resisting arrest. He was charged by Iredell with: possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, assault on a law enforcement officer and malicious conduct by a prisoner. He was taken into custody in lieu of a $200,000 bond.