Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: that on the 21st of March 2016 community members in the Bristol Dr. area aided in the quick apprehension of a person fleeing arrest. Earlier in the evening Deputies K. Robbins and B. Owens received a tip that Joyce Smith, who was wanted on two felony probation violations, was going to be at a residence on Bristol Dr. in Statesville.
Deputies hid in a place of concealment and shortly after 11:00pm a vehicle operated by Ms. Smith pulled into the residence and stopped. Deputies Robbins and Owens approached the vehicle and identified themselves as Law Enforcement and as Deputy Robbins opened the Passenger door of the vehicle Ms. Smith accelerated almost striking Deputy Robbins and driving through the front yard of the residence and onto Bristol Dr. with no regard for safety to the public.
Deputies then gave chase and caught up to Ms. Smith quickly who had parked on the side of the road and ran from the scene. Deputies Robbins and Owens entered the wooded area where Ms. Smith had ran in an attempt to find her. A short time later other Deputies arrived on scene and with the assitance of the community who notified the Sheriff’s Office of a suspicious person knocking on the doors of residences, Ms. Smith was quickly located by Deputies D. Clodfelter and C. Gregory hiding under a porch.
A search of the vehicle Ms. Smith was operating lead also to the recovery of several drug paraphernalia items. When Ms. Smith was apprehended she gave Deputies a false name however after positive identification was made she was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center. On top of the two Felony Probation Violation Warrants she had absconded from, Ms. Smith was also charged with Felony Flee to Elude, Provide False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer, Resist Obstruct and Delay a Law Enforcement Officer, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She is being held in lieu of a $50,000 secured bond.