A domestic call of a man following his ex-girlfriend Tuesday ended with his arrest on cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking and other drug counts.
Dominic Battle, 29, of Roanoke Rapids, was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine, trafficking in methamphetamine, trafficking in cocaine, felony possession of marijuana, maintain a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, carry a concealed weapon, driving while license revoked, assault with a deadly weapon and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine. He was also served with two orders for arrest. According to Halifax County Detention center records Battle has two holds on him out of Guilford County.
The assault with a deadly weapon count reflects he tried to run the woman off the road.
He received an $80,000 bond and was scheduled for a first district court appearance today in Halifax County.
Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said Sergeant D. Newsome, after a probable cause search, located 358.02 grams of cocaine, 35.79 grams of methamphetamine, 119 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and also found a Glock 17 9mm handgun in the vehicle. The narcotics were concealed in two diapers behind the passenger seat and the weapon was discovered in the armrest.
The events which led to Battle’s arrest began shortly before 5 p.m. about a mile-and-a-half to two miles outside the city limits when Newsome responded to a call that a man was following a woman. The ordeal eventually ended in the 1000 block of Hamilton Street.
Martin said the woman became concerned and contacted the Halifax County 911 Center. The woman tried to elude Battle by going through parking lots.
Officers located the vehicles and conducted a traffic stop on Hamilton Street where they learned the ordeal was a domestic situation.
Officers learned that not only was this a domestic situation but Battle was in possession of narcotics, Martin said.
Asked why the man would follow the woman knowing he was in possession of trafficking amounts of drugs, Martin said, “That’s what we don’t have an answer to. It’s very concerning that he would do that with that in the vehicle.”
Martin declined comment on whether the police department was familiar with Battle or had previous encounters with him.
Martin in a statement praised the work of Newsome and Lieutenant J. Baggett. “The quick response of Sergeant Newsome and Lieutenant Baggett definitely kept this situation from escalating into something more dangerous.”
He also commended the work of telecommunicators. “We would also like to thank our 911 center for their assistance as well. Without them the information would not have been received by the officers. We often forget about our telecommunicators, but they are essential to us and the community.”