Charges mount for suspect in crash


The Marion man arrested last Friday following a crash in a stolen truck faces outstanding drugs and weapons charges, authorities said Tuesday.

Detective Patrick Guion of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged Dustin Coyt Lawing, 32, of 50 Reds Hill Road in Marion, with three counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance, two counts each of trafficking heroin or opium and conspiracy to sell and deliver a Schedule IV controlled substance and one count each of possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver a Schedule III controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a felon.

On the night of Jan. 26, Detective Guion aided N.C. Highway Patrol troopers and Marion police officers with a traffic stop on West Henderson Street. Trooper Phillip Ruppe stopped the car for having a fictitious tag and found Lawing driving.

A search of the suspect and the vehicle turned up two firearms and ammunition, 29.1 grams of marijuana, 53 Oxycodone pills, 33 other miscellaneous pills and cash. Initially, Lawing had been charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and made bond before other charges could be served on him, at which time he went on the run for authorities, according to a report.

Several weeks later, Lawing was finally apprehended and charged by Marion Police Department on Friday, March 2 after causing a wreck on Sugar Hill Road that sent a motorcyclist, Andrew Blake Huskins of Marion, to Mission Trauma Center with injuries, police said. Following the crash, Lawing fled the scene before the vehicle came to rest on the property of 2416 Sugar Hill Road.

The vehicle Lawing was driving, a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck, had been stolen from Lytle Mountain Road, according to a Marion P.D. press release.

At the time of Lawing’s arrest, authorities located a firearm on him, as well as quantities of meth and marijuana, before serving him with the active warrants from the Sheriff’s Office.

According to N.C. Department of Public Safety records, Lawing has had a criminal record in McDowell since 2007, with charges that include hit-and-run, reckless driving, larceny and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Lawing’s bond was set at $280,000.

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