Teenager Severely Injured During Apparent Drug Deal

A local teen was severely injured early Tuesday morning in an apparent prescription drug deal gone bad.

Brandon Taylor Stone, 17, exited from a moving car on Main Street in Broadway shortly after midnight on Tuesday. He was taken to Central Carolina Hospital and then flown to Chapel Hill for treatment of head injuries he suffered in the fall.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Stone was listed in critical but stable condition, according to Broadway Police Chief Todd Hinnant. Hinnant said it is unclear whether Stone was thrown from the vehicle by the three other passengers or jumped out on his own. Police allege that Stone was picked up at the Kangaroo gas station on Main Street in Broadway by three teens who wished to buy the prescription drug Percocet from him. The car turned onto Milton Avenue, then turned left on Smith Drive, then on to Johnson Street, Hinnant said.The group continued to the intersection with Main Street, and when the car attempted to turn Stone was ejected. Hinnant said Stone allegedly had over-the-counter drugs rather than Percocet.The three other passengers of the vehicle — Colton Cockman, 18; Justin Harrington, 18; and Jessica Godfrey, 17 — were all charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury, common law robbery, felony conspiracy to commit common law robbery and possession with intent to sell or delivery a controlled substance. All three appeared in court on Wednesday and were placed in the Lee County Jail under a $40,000 bond.Hinnant said the investigation was ongoing, and Stone may face charges as well in the future. He added that the Lee County Sheriff’s Department is assisting heavily in the investigation.

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