Morganton man arrested 3 times in 10 days on assault, drug, driving charges

Burke County

Burke County Sheriff

BURKE COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A Morganton man was arrested for the third time in 10 days on drugs, assault, and driving violation charges.

Officials began investigating Morganton resident Erik Brittain, 40, as part of a drug investigation.

On Friday attempts were made to pull him over in a vehicle when he sped away and a chase ensued. The chase ended a short time later and the suspect was arrested.

Brittain faces multiple charges including drug trafficking involving heroin or fentanyl and driving-related charges.

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Brittain was arrested on April 28 for driving violations and was previously arrested on April 21 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon at an apartment complex. Meth was seized from the residence at the time and a victim stated he came into the apartment armed with a knife and severely injured a woman’s face.

Officials say the amount of fentanyl recovered is enough to cause about 50,000 overdoses.

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