Man accused of ramming family member’s vehicle, animal cruelty

By Chris Berendt -
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A Clinton man was arrested twice in as many days at the end of last week, first following a dispute in which he reportedly rammed a family member’s vehicle with his, and the second arrest involving the alleged mistreatment of his cattle, authorities said.

On Friday, deputies with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office and troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol responded to reports of assault in which Joel Thomas Parker, 56, was the suspect.

“The suspect allegedly had a dispute with a family member and rammed the family member’s vehicle with his vehicle causing damage,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith noted. “As a result, the suspect was taken into custody and charged with assault.”

Joel Parker, of 44 Laudie Honeycutt Road, Clinton, was arrested at a residence on Odom Road, Clinton. He was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of communicating threats, injury to personal property, injury to real property, trespassing and allowing livestock to run at large.

Bond was set at $50,000 secured for those charges, for which all warrants were issued that same day.

Reports state that a suspect was pursuing Alan Parker and struck the victim’s truck while in motion on Parker Memorial Road. That was reported at 8:48 a.m. Friday. Another report was made at 3:25 p.m. Friday, in which a suspect was reportedly ramming into the rear of Alan Parker’s truck again at a residence on Mount Moriah Church Road, Clinton. Victims were listed as Alan and Austin Parker, both of the Mount Moriah Church Road address. Damage to a 2014 Dodge Ram 4500 truck was estimated at $12,000.

Joel Parker later posted a bond and was released, Smith noted.

According to reports, Parker was arrested for a second time the next day, on Saturday, this time at his residence on Laudie Honeycutt Road. Smith said that arrest followed a report received by sheriff’s authorities of “cows in the roadway.”

“Further investigation discovered two deceased cows on Parker’s property. As a result, he was charged with failure to dispose of the cattle properly and animal cruelty for not providing water to his cattle,” the lieutenant said. “(On Monday), a search warrant was served and the cattle were taken into custody by animal control officers and relocated to another location where they can be properly cared for.”

As a result of that incident, Joel Parker received a charge of cruelty to animals, two counts of disposing of dead domesticated animals and another count of allowing livestock to run at large. Warrants were taken out on those offenses Saturday and he received an additional bond of $25,000 for those charges.

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By Chris Berendt

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