Police said a suspect intentionally drove his motorcycle at officers during a pursuit that injured a Thomasville police officer Thursday.
On Thursday, March 4 at 1:39 p.m, the Thomasville Police Department was notified that Rowan County law enforcement needed assistance in the pursuit of a motorcycle. The motorcycle, driven by Brian Alexander Bacelli, 28, of Jamestown, had no license plate and was traveling northbound on Interstate 85, according to a news release.
Thomasville police said they set up a mobile roadblock near Kanoy Road, which would have allowed for the motorcycle to safely stop. When Bacelli reached the roadblock, he “accelerated rapidly and deliberately struck” an officer who had exited his vehicle to take Bacelli into custody, according to the release. Police said as a result of the impact, the officer, Detective Sergeant Joseph Driggers, was knocked back 10-15 feet.
After the collision, Bacelli lost control of the motorcycle and crashed on the side of the interstate. Police said he tried to escape but was taken into custody by other officers on-scene.
Driggers was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Health with serious injuries and was in stable condition Friday morning. Driggers has been with the Thomasville Police Department since 2003 and has served in law enforcement for 19 years. He currently works in the Criminal Investigations Division and was previously employed by the Lexington Police Department.
Bacelli was arrested and charged with felony attempted first-degree murder, felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, felony assault with a deadly weapon on a governmental official, misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle with no registration, misdemeanor possession of a fictitious registration plate, misdemeanor driving while impaired, misdemeanor driving while license revoked and misdemeanor operating a vehicle with no insurance.
Rowan County officials also charged him with misdemeanor assault on a government official, misdemeanor resisting a public officer, felony speed to elude, misdemeanor aggressive driving and misdemeanor driving while license revoked.
Police said additional charges are expected.
Bacelli is being held in the Davidson County Jail on a $1,060,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court on April 28.
Responding agencies included the Thomasville Police Department, Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Highway Patrol, Lexington Police Department, Spencer Police Department, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Davidson County E.M.S., Thomasville Fire Department, Pilot Fire Department and Thomasville Rescue.
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