An Asheville man was arrested in Haywood County for allegedly leading police on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

According to court documents, Gregory Todd Shelton, 40, was in a stolen 2004 Volkswagen Golf near I-40 when a Canton police officer, responding to a call for a “suspicious vehicle,” approached the car and attempted to make contact with Shelton.

It is alleged that Shelton fled, and while the officer was in pursuit, reached speeds in excess of 15 miles per hour over the speed limit.

To make matters worse for Shelton, he was also charged with assaulting a detention officer at the Haywood County Detention Center. According to a document related to that alleged assault, at least one additional deputy was called to the detention center to aid detention officers as Shelton fought them.

“Upon arrival, the defendant was found on the floor struggling with several detention officers,” that document reads. “[A detention officer] advised the officer that defendant was secured on the floor following an extended fight with detention officers as he was being escorted to the shower facilities. During the struggle he bit [the detention officer] on his right forearm and the officer subsequently required medical assistance.”

The court ordered a blood sample to be collected from Shelton to assess whether or not the detention officer was “placed at risk for infection with communicable diseases.”

On June 13, 2020, Shelton was also one of three individuals arrested in Buncombe County tied to an allegedly violent kidnapping. Following that arrest, he was charged with first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a felon and assault by pointing a gun. Those charges are still pending.

Shelton also has additional pending charges in Buncombe County, including robbery with a deadly weapon, larceny of a motor vehicle, assault by pointing a gun, injury to personal property. It was not confirmed whether those charges, which have an offense date only a few days prior to his initial arrest, are connected to his Haywood arrest.

In Haywood County, Shelton has now been charged with assault on a detention officer inflicting serious bodily injury, possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing to elude arrest, all felonies, as well as one count of resisting a public officer, a misdemeanor.

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