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Posted on: March 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Asheville man charged with numerous felony crimes after striking deputy's patrol car.


Sheriff Darren Campbell stated: On Friday, March 13, 2020, Sergeant L. Hayes, and Deputy P. Dragowski with the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team attempted to stop a vehicle on Newton Drive at Park Drive for traffic violations.

The driver, Dominique Tracy Sanders, refused to stop for the deputies, and to drive on Park Drive at a high rate of speed.  Sanders turned onto Younger Avenue and then Lakeview Drive before ramming Dep. Dragowski’s patrol car while continuing to elude the deputies.

Sanders then fled on foot as the two deputies pursued him. When the pursuing deputies caught up with Sanders, he began to fight with them as he resisted arrest. The two deputies were eventually able to take Sanders into custody.

While searching Sanders and his vehicle the deputies located approximately one half pound of marijuana, a firearm which had been reported stolen in Buncombe County, 782.00 dollars, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia commonly associated with the sale and distribution of illegal narcotics.

While searching Sanders in several criminal justice related databases, it was discovered Sanders is a convicted felon, which prohibited him from having a firearm. Deputies also learned Sanders had 14 outstanding warrants for his arrest in Buncombe, and Davie Counties. Sanders is also on active Federal Probation. The United States Marshal’s Office want him for a Federal Probation Violation Warrant.

The suspect was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was charged with: Felony Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Felony Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official, Felony Flee or Elude Arrest in a Motor Vehicle, Felony Possession with Intent to Sale/Deliver Marijuana, Felony Possession of Marijuana, Felony Maintain a Vehicle for the Sale of a Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor Carrying a Concealed Gun, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Resisting a Public Officer, Driving While License Revoked and Displaying a Fictitious License Plate.

Sanders was taken before Magistrate M. Nethken who issued a 250,000.00 dollars secured bond on the Iredell County charges. Sanders received an additional 500,000.00 dollars secured bond on his charges from Buncombe County, and another 26,000.00 dollar secured bond on the charges from Davie County. In addition, Sanders was placed on a Federal detainer for his Federal Probation warrants and received a no bond.

Dominique Tracy Sanders, 22 Years Old

960 West Chapel Road

Asheville, North Carolina 28803


Criminal history: Three Counts of Misdemeanor Resisting a Public, Reckless Driving to Endanger, Two Counts of Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Two Counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana, Two Counts of Felony Maintain a Vehicle or Dwelling to Sell Controlled Substances, Felony Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle with 2 Aggravating Factors, Misdemeanor Failure to Head for Lights and Siren, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Schedule I Controlled Substance, and numerous driving related charges.

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