• Man who rode on back of car on I-77 arrested after standoff

    By: Jenna Deery


    THOMASVILLE, N.C. - A man first seen in a dramatic video clinging to the back of a car traveling down Interstate 77 weeks ago was arrested in Thomasville Tuesday after a standoff with police.

    Channel 9 aired the dramatic video a viewer captured on I-77 three weeks ago. He appeared to have punched through the back window and held on to the car at highway speeds until he climbed inside.

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    Police said the I-77 incident was part of a domestic dispute, and he was never charged because the woman involved did not want to press charges.
    Thomasville police have now identified that man as Rakeem Leverett.
    Police said Leverett was arrested at a home in Thomasville Tuesday after a three-hour standoff with police.
    Officers said they received a call about some kind of domestic dispute he was involved in on Tuesday afternoon.
    They said when they got to the home, Leverett was barricaded inside and investigators believed he had weapons.
    SWAT officers responded and people in surrounding homes were asked to evacuate. Police said Leverett eventually surrendered.

    Officers said Leverett has warrants from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and they are related to the I-77 incident. Those warrants include assault on a female and failure to appear in court.

    He was booked into the Davidson County jail Tuesday night and will appear before a judge Wednesday afternoon.

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