DOBSON — One of Surry County’s “Most Wanted” allegedly led authorities on two chases Thursday evening.
Melvin Shane Clodfelter, 32, of 126 Cedar Gate Lane in Mount Airy, managed to elude authorities after two vehicle chases on Thursday, according to a statement from the Surry County Sheriff’s Office. The chases and subsequent investigations led to the arrest of two others, however.
Clodfelter has been wanted by authorities since he evaded arrest in March. A detective for the sheriff’s office broke her leg in the foot chase which followed a vehicle chase in the Lowgap area then.
That pursuit began after narcotics detectives from the sheriff’s office and the Mount Airy Police Department had been working the Lowgap area in response to drug-related complaints. They attempted to pull over a vehicle in which Clodfelter was said to be riding.
Though Clodfelter escaped on foot during that March chase, Brittney Nicole Wall, 26, the driver of the vehicle, was apprehended and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, felony possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, resisting a public officer, littering, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
A bag containing 5.8 grams of methamphetamine, two methamphetamine pipes, 4.2 grams of marijuana, digital scales and several plastic bags was found in the field through which Wall and Clodfelter fled.
Since March, Clodfelter has been wanted on charges of felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, felony possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting a public officer, driving while license revoked, displaying a fictitious tag, littering, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
On Thursday, an ongoing investigation led deputies back to Clodfelter, according to the release. Clodfelter was operating a vehicle, which had been stopped, in Mount Airy.
According to Chief Deputy Lauren Osborne, passenger J. Emory Tucker Hooker, 20, of 10 Morton Lane in Claudville, Virginia, was removed from the vehicle and apprehended on drug-related charges.
Hooker has been charged with felony conspiracy to sell or deliver schedule II narcotics, two counts of trafficking methamphetamine and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held on a $30,000 bond at the Surry County Detention Center.
While deputies were able to arrest Hooker, Clodfelter allegedly used the vehicle he was operating to ram a law enforcement vehicle before fleeing. Deputies pursued Clodfelter, but they lost sight of the vehicle only a few minutes into the chase due to heavy traffic, according to Osborne.
A short time later N.C. Highway Patrol troopers initiated a second vehicle chase, according to the statement. They too eventually lost sight of Clodfelter. However, authorities did locate the vehicle he allegedly used to flee at a home on Ardner Road in the Holly Springs community.
Osborne noted the vehicle had been rented by an acquaintance of Clodfelter, and no authorities were injured as a result of the chase.
After receiving consent to search the premises, according to the press release, deputies found a weapon — a shotgun — they said was linked to Clodfelter. They also located Brittany Venable, who had been reported as missing.
Following a lead, deputies then headed to their next stop in the investigation to apprehend Clodfelter, a residence located on Barney Venable Road in the Pilot Mountain area. There, authorities located Chase Thomas Shelton, 17, of 120 West 52 Bypass in Pilot Mountain. They discovered Shelton was wanted on an outstanding order for arrest in Stokes County on a charge of no operator’s license.
Shelton was released after posting a $300 bond.
Deputies arrived at their final stop of the night in the search for Clodfelter, a residence on Armstrong Road in Holly Springs. After property owners consented to a search, deputies located a 2003 Toyota Corolla, which had been reported as stolen by the Mount Airy Police Department.
Clodfelter is now wanted on additional charges of felony trafficking methamphetamine by transportation, felony trafficking methamphetamine by possession, felony conspiracy to sell or deliver schedule II narcotics, two counts felony assault on a government official, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug vehicle, damage to property and felony flee to elude arrest stemming from the most recent chases.
The statement notes that the sheriff’s office was assisted throughout Thursday’s events by officials from the Mount Airy Police Department, the N.C. Highway Patrol and the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles.
Anybody with information regarding Clodfelter’s whereabouts is urged to call the sheriff’s office at 401-8900.
Osborne said Clodfelter is considered armed and dangerous.
“We would urge anybody who comes in contact with him to just report it to us,” explained Osborne. “Do not approach him or get physically involved in any manner.”
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.