Man charged after allegedly ramming deputy with vehicle

htrenda@charlotteobserver.comNovember 12, 2013 

The Charlotte man accused of ramming his vehicle into a Mecklenburg sheriff’s deputy and his motorcycle has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, authorities said.

Danny Lehman, 47, has also been charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, felony hit and run with injury and fleeing/eluding arrest with a motor vehicle.

Deputy Billy Allen, 52, was taken to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center with non-critical injuries Friday after officials said Lehman reversed into Allen’s motorcycle and pushed him about 10 feet.

The incident began around 4:30 p.m. Friday on W.T. Harris Boulevard near Albemarle Road when the suspect’s vehicle allegedly veered toward Allen, nearly striking him, Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Julia Rush said.

Allen then initiated a traffic stop, and it appeared the suspect was stopping when the vehicle reversed and rammed Allen, Rush said.

The deputy fired three shots and hit the vehicle windows, Rush said, but the suspect drove away from the collision.

North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement officers witnessed the accident, and after a brief chase, found Lehman on Farm Pond Lane near Honeysuckle Lane, Rush said. He was taken into custody by the sheriff’s office and then to an area hospital for a blood alcohol test.

Lehman remained in the hospital for conditions not related to the incident until late Monday night, Rush said, when he was brought to Mecklenburg County jail. Lehman is being held under $145,000 secured bond.

Lehman was found guilty of assault and battery, as well as possession of marijuana, in 2004, according to N.C. court records. He also was charged with resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was not convicted on those charges.

The Mecklenburg sheriff’s Office of Professional Compliance is conducting an internal investigation to ensure Allen’s actions were within department policies and procedures. These investigations are standard when deputies fire their weapons, Rush said.

Allen is a 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and has been a motor officer since 2007, according to Rush.

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