An Old Fort man was arrested with assaulting an officer with a stun gun after being pulled over for driving recklessly, authorities said Wednesday.
Deputy David Jones of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Michael Jay Rhodes, 36, of 5278 Bat Cave Road in Old Fort, with aggravated assault on an officer, resisting a public officer, careless and reckless driving and assault on a female.
At 7:48 a.m. on Wednesday, July 12, Jones was traveling north on Catawba Avenue in Old Fort, when a blue Saturn Ion 2 pulled from Hardee’s onto East Crawford Street at a high rate of speed. The driver was operating the vehicle in a reckless manner, at times crossing a double yellow line and nearly hitting a pedestrian, deputies said.
The driver, later identified as Rhodes, stopped the car on Catawba Avenue, jumped out of the automobile and started coming toward the deputy. Rhodes failed to comply with commands to stop, and then began moving toward a woman that had been in his vehicle.
Old Fort Officer Steven Corns arrived on the scene and a struggle ensued between the suspect and the two officers. During the encounter, Rhodes used a stun gun on Jones but was cuffed and taken into custody moments later.
Rhodes received a $1,000 bond.