Ghost, the K-9 officer with the Goldsboro Police Department, discovered a fleeing suspect, who had reportedly pulled a handgun on pursuing officers during a traffic stop, in a ditch filled with three feet of water Thursday night.
Police say 32-year-old Ezekiel Rashawn Simmons of 515 S. Chestnut St. in Mount Olive was apprehended and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, carrying a concealed weapon, possessing an open container of alcohol after consuming, resisting an officer, reckless driving to endanger and driving while impaired. He was booked into the Wayne County Detention Center where he was being held on bonds totaling $19,500.
The incident occurred around 9 p.m. on November 28 when the DWI Task Force of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department was patrolling the U.S. Highway 117 area of Goldsboro.
Officers said they observed a Land Rover traveling north on 117 near the city “in a careless manner.”
The driver of the vehicle appeared to be impaired, according to police.
A traffic stop was initiated, but officers said the car was “slow to stop.”
The report stated that the driver eventually stopped near the West Haven community, abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. A deputy ran after him.
The deputy told investigators that both he and Simmons drew their handguns during the chase, but that Simmons tossed his aside as he continued running.
Officers of the Goldsboro Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol set up a perimeter to find Simmons after he entered a wooded area, according to the report.
A K-9 named Ghost entered the wooded area and located Simmons in a ditch filled with water.
He was taken into custody without further incident.