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According to WXII TV in Winston Salem N.C. Leroy O’Dell Boles of Seward has been accused of hitting a pedestrian with his car and then threatening the victim while armed with a gun at a protest Saturday in Elkin N.C.

The incident happened at the intersection of Main Street and Bridge Street in Elkin, a small North Carolina town near Charlotte.

According to WXII, Elkin police said Leroy O’Dell Boles was arrested after investigators said he struck a pedestrian who was assisting others crossing the street in a crosswalk during a protest organized by Yadkin Valley Community Matters.

After the collision, police said Boles exited his vehicle with a firearm which he held by his side and engaged in a verbal altercation with the victim.

Officers arrived at the scene as the incident was unfolding and police said Boles was quickly taken into custody.

The victim of the incident did not report any injuries, but there was damage to Boles’ vehicle from the collision.

Boles is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, going armed to the terror of the public, and failure to yield to pedestrians.

Boles was taken before a Surry County Magistrate and given $60,000 bail before being transported to the Surry County Jail.

The Elkin Police Department was assisted by the Elkin Fire Department, the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, the Jonesville Police Department and Surry County Emergency Services.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Seward Journal and covers general news topics. He can be reached at news@sewardjournal.com.


Michael Paschall is publisher of the Seward Journal and president of TriDelta, Incorporated Publishing, owners of the Seward Journal.