A father who sought to settle a score with an alleged drug dealer who sold heroin to his son was arrested Thursday after threatening a hotel clerk with a rifle.
Corey Davis Pritchett Sr., 47, of Newport, was arrested for resist, obstruct and delay an officer, assault with a deadly weapon, driving while license revoked, driving while impaired, and impeding the flow of traffic, according to the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office. He was placed on a $7,000 bond and taken to the Carteret County Jail in Beaufort.
Pritchett, two other men and a woman were arrested by Carteret deputies Thursday afternoon on Nine Mile Road in Carteret County after a Hostess House clerk in Havelock called police after being threatened with a gun. The clerk provided descriptions of the suspects and vehicle they were in to police.
Jerry Pritchett, 26, of Newport, was arrested for resist, delay and obstruct an officer and placed on a $2,000 bond. Devin Brimmer, 18, of Newport, was arrested for resist, delay and obstruct an officer and placed on a $2,000 bond. Selby Double, 24, of Newport, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for aid and abet driving while impaired and placed on a $1,500 bond, according to Maj. Jason Wank of the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office.
Havelock Police Chief David Magnusson said Havelock police were called to the Hostess House at 449 McCotter Blvd., at 1:15 p.m. Thursday when someone with a rifle threatened the clerk. The man with the rifle, whom police identified as Corey Davis Pritchett Sr., wanted to know the location of another man who was staying at the hotel. According to investigators, Corey Pritchett was angry because he believed that the man he was looking for had sold Pritchett’s son heroin.
He left with the two other men and a woman before police arrived. The clerk was not hurt, Magnusson said.
Havelock police issued a bulletin to stop the light blue Nissan Pathfinder the four left in, and a Carteret deputy located and stopped the vehicle 15 minutes later on Nine Mile Road, about 10 miles south of the Havelock city limits, Wank said.
Wank said that a passenger in the car, Jerry Pritchett, initially fought, and the deputy had to use a Taser to subdue him.
Magnusson said that the gun allegedly used to threaten the hotel clerk was not found in the vehicle.
After investigating the incident at the hotel, it was learned that the group had come to the hotel searching for a man who had allegedly sold drugs to Corey Davis Pritchett Jr., 25, of Newport.
The younger Pritchett rolled his vehicle Tuesday on U.S. 70 just east of Havelock, and then later in the day, was transported to the hospital after apparently suffering from a drug overdose when he was found nearly unconscious in the bathroom of the Havelock Food Lion, Magnusson said.
“In a roundabout way it may have had something to do with that guy the other day that flipped his car over,” Magnusson said. “Although Pritchett Sr. didn’t point the rifle at the manager, he did convey threats, so we’re going to drop some charges on him for that.
“These guys were trouble from the get go. They went to the Hostess House looking for this guy and they meant business. They believed that he might have been involved somehow in selling him the drugs and that they might have been bad drugs, so he’s coming to settle the score.”
Magnusson said the situation illustrates just some of the issues associated with illegal drug use.
“As soon as he (Pritchett Jr.) leaves the scene of the accident, he finds his first place of privacy and shoots up. He has a bad trip, Havelock rescue comes, we get there and then two days later, you have a family member trying to settle the score with someone who may have sold him the heroin that caused him these problems,” Magnusson said. “This is a never-ending cycle when you are dealing with drugs. This is why it is so important that we get these sellers off the street and certainly do something about the supply as best we can and then have some sort of operations to deal with the demand, too.”
Magnusson said that the situation could have been worse.
“This could have turned into a very violent situation over what amounts to one packet of heroin,” Magnusson said. “There’s blame for everybody except the person who tries to take the drug. The blame needs to go to the people that buy and the people that sell it.”