Man, Woman Charged With Meth Possession After Driver Flees Lincoln County Traffic Stop

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — Two people are facing drug charges after authorities say they sped away from a traffic stop in Lincoln County Monday night.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators were conducting surveillance in Western Lincoln County due to complaints of illegal drug activity in the area.  While conducting surveillance on a residence, investigators saw a vehicle leave the area and attempted to make a traffic stop.

The driver refused to stop and sped away, according to detectives.  During the chase, investigators saw the passenger throwing methamphetamine out of the vehicle’s window.  Investigators say the vehicle stopped near the intersection of Rockdale Road and Highway 18 in Cleveland County.  Both suspects were taken into custody and investigators found 10 grams of methamphetamine and $800 in cash.  Officers also recovered the methamphetamine that was thrown from the car, according to the LCSO.

As a result of the incident, Donald Joseph Gaul, 55, of Country Land Lane, Vale, North Carolina was charged with possession of a controlled substance Schedule II with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and aggressive driving. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and issued a $30,000 secured bond.

In addition, Kimberly Ann Motz, 38, of Cherryville, North Carolina was charged with possession of a controlled substance Schedule II with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was issued a $20,000 secured bond.

The LCSO says most drug investigations begin with tips or citizen complaints.  Anyone with information concerning drug related activity is urged to call the Drug Tip line at 704-736- 8606 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909. All tips are investigated and callers can remain anonymous.