Deputy Injured After Chase Through Cemetery

A Jones County deputy was injured while trying to arrest a combative drug suspect during a chase through a cemetery Monday night.

Captain Justin Elmer says a deputy stopped Kenno Smith of Kinston after the man was seen swerving down a road on his bicycle. Elmer says the deputy found crack and a pipe on the man and as he was about to hand it to another deputy, Smith knocked it out of the deputy's hand and took off running. During the subsequent arrest, one deputy was injured by another deputy's tactical baton.

Elmer says then at the jail, Smith threw himself on the floor, hitting his head on some equipment.

Both the deputy and Smith were taken to the hospital to be checked out. The deputy will be back on duty tonight while Smith is in jail on a $10,000 bond. He's charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resting delaying and obstructing and officer and assault on a government official.

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