Eastway Division - Officers make a traffic stop arrest on Central Avenue


Saturday, May 5, 2018,

On May 4, 2018, at approximately 9:30 p.m., officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Eastway Division attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Lexus 300 with an unreadable tag at the intersection of Briar Creek Road and Independence Boulevard. The vehicle failed to stop for officers. When the vehicle exited off of Independence Boulevard onto Central Avenue the officers again tried to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle finally came to a stop at Central Avenue near 7th Street.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the officers smelled an odor of marijuana coming from inside. The driver refused to roll down the window, speak with officers, or exit the vehicle. The occupant, later identified as Lameka Campbell, DOB: 01/23/1988, asked to speak with a sergeant on duty. A sergeant arrived on scene a short time later and spoke with Campbell, who continued to refuse to exit the vehicle. After approximately 40 minutes, officers breached the side window with a collapsible baton to gain entry into the vehicle. Officers then took Campbell into custody without further incident. 

Officers conducted a search of the vehicle, due to the smell of marijuana, and located THC oil in the center console. Campbell was then transported to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office. While there, it was determined that Campbell was concealing additional marijuana. Campbell was charged with Failure to Heed Emergency Lights/Siren, Improper Display of Tag, Resist/Obstruct/Delay, Possession of Marijuana (6.4 grams) and Felony Possession of Schedule VI Drugs (5.9 ounces of liquid THC).

For additional information about this case, please refer to CMPD report 20180504213001.