Gary Lee Paynter II

Gary Lee Paynter II

A Mooresville man is charged with trying to run over his wife and bystanders with his vehicle before leading deputies on a chase, according to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.

On March 1, deputies responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Ginger Lane in Mooresville. Witnesses said that Gary Lee Paynter II, 49, of Young Street, attempted to drive his Ford Mustang into his wife and others at the scene, according to a sheriff’s office press release. A caller to 911 also said that Paynter was pointing a gun at his wife.

Paynter reportedly fled the scene before deputies arrived.

Deputies spotted a vehicle matching the description of Paynter’s Mustang nearby on Shinnville Road and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver refused to pull over, and deputies backed off of the chase on Charlotte Highway because of bad weather, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies last saw the Mustang turning onto Oates Road off Charlotte Highway. “Within minutes,” a deputy spotted the Mustang in a cul-de-sac on Rainford Court, in a subdivision off Oates Road, according to the release.

Paynter reportedly was arrested without incident. A search of his Mustang revealed a .45 caliber handgun, cocaine, drug paraphernalia and an open container of alcohol, the sheriff’s office said.

Paynter was transported to the Iredell County Detention Center where he was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, driving while impaired, felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony possession of cocaine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an open container of alcohol in a passenger area of a vehicle, driving while license revoked, domestic assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats.

Paynter, who has a long criminal record, was held without bond.

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