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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  • by Danny Location: Trenton on Oct 6, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    Isnt the Corey deputy the same one that was fired for Lenoir county jail for using excessive force, it was all over the news.
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      by Barbara on Oct 6, 2011 at 07:13 AM in reply to Danny
      Yes, Tim Corey worked for the LC jail and he was fired because he used excess force towards the inmate, I wonder if JCSD does back ground checks, this is a serious issue and than someone hires him as a deputy, given him the chance to say "the criminal fell and hit his head" yeah right!
  • by jon Location: kinston on Oct 4, 2011 at 08:33 PM
    This wasnt no thug....this was a drug head..............crackheads for whatever reason dont never throw the drugs away....a dealer would have.....THAT CRACK IS SOMETHING ELSE...LEAVE THE CRACKHEAD ALONE...HE CAN GET DRUGS OFF THE STREETS QUICKER THE THE POLICE CAN.
  • by Allen on Oct 4, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    Good Job hope the deputies keep doing a Good job getting the thug off the streets
  • by ed Location: kinston on Oct 4, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    one more for the good guys. hope the deputy heals quickly.great job.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    Reno 911!!
  • by wow Location: wow on Oct 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    How about thanking the deputys for getting this little thug and not worry about how they did it or the mistake they made. Good job guys, thanks for getting him off the streets.
  • by Paul Harvey Location: Heres the rest of the story on Oct 4, 2011 at 09:40 AM
    Here's the rest of the story guys.. It was dark, during the chase they dropped their flashlights, and when the deputy was pulling out his ASP baton is when the other deputy got hit.. so don't make us sound like a bunch of idiots or "clumsy" deputies..
  • by Donna on Oct 4, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    The picture I keep getting in my head is way too funny. Sounds like clumsy is the word of the day.
  • by Jackie Location: trenton on Oct 4, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    Are you telling me that one of our own deputies hit the other with his baton...only Jones County.
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      by Jill on Oct 4, 2011 at 09:06 AM in reply to Jackie
      I caught that too and was thinking, how in the world does that happen?? LOL
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        by Women, huh on Jan 13, 2012 at 09:12 PM in reply to Jill
        Maybe it was dark and maybe, just maybe, people do are not stationary during a fight. Of course, you would know that if you had ever been involved in a physical altercation.
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      by Billyjoejimbob on Oct 4, 2011 at 04:48 PM in reply to Jackie
      Walk a Mile in a Law Enforcement Officers shoes, then make a comment. You don't have a clue. You couldn't hack it.
      • reply
        by Jackie on Oct 6, 2011 at 05:48 AM in reply to Billyjoejimbob
        your name says it all......Billyjoejimbob
  • by Pletus Location: NC on Oct 4, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    "Elmer says then at the jail, Smith threw himself on the floor, hitting his head on some equipment." BWAH HA HA HA HAAAA!
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      by I would have been OK with it! on Oct 4, 2011 at 05:48 PM in reply to Pletus
      They could have said he fell on a sword for all I care.
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