By WECT Staff | March 25, 2021 at 12:16 PM EDT – Updated March 25 at 4:15 PM
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – Two Wilmington men have been arrested after investigators say they used a truck to intentionally hit and injure a dirt bike rider in Brunswick County this past weekend.
James Dean Varner, 30, was taken into custody Thursday morning at his home in Wilmington on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and two counts of assault by pointing a gun. He was released from jail after posting a $15,000 bond.
Roger Lee Marshall, 69, was also arrested Thursday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond.
The incident happened Saturday afternoon in a wooded area off of U.S. 74/76 and Malmo Loop Road near Leland.
According to a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) log of the incident, a 911 caller alerted dispatchers that he and another victim were riding dirt bikes, possibly on private lands, when a truck struck one of them, and one of the men in the truck pulled a gun on them.
“We were riding dirt bikes and this truck was directly behind us … and the truck ran him over. The truck was doing about 60 miles an hour when it ran him over,” the caller stated. “We have him down flat on the ground … can you get somebody here fast, we’ve had guns held on us.”
When asked what type of vehicle struck the victim, the caller said it was a white Toyota Tundra and said the victim was “ran over by both tires” and was “drove up and drove over.” The caller then identified the suspects as an older man and his son and one of them pulled a gun on them while inside the truck.
The caller admitted to dispatch that they were likely trespassing while riding the dirt bikes but said “this is totally uncalled for.”
An Airlink helicopter was dispatched to the scene and transported the injured rider to the hospital. His current condition is not known.
The investigation is ongoing.
Special shoutout to our friends at Airlink. Their rapid response helped our crews evacuate someone who was badly injured in a remote part of our district. Brunswick County Sheriff Deputies played a huge role shuttling Fire and EMS personnel to the scene and keeping us all safe so that we could work. With Brunswick County EMS Paramedics on scene stabilizing the victim, the expert pilot with Airlink was able to place his critical care crews less than 100 yards from where we were working. Our teamwork and their rapid response saved a lot of time, and made extraction of the victim that much safer. Good job to everyone involved!
Posted by Leland Fire/Rescue on Saturday, March 20, 2021
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