Ashe County Commissioner Gerald Price was arrested and charged with breaking and entering on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
According to Sheriff James Williams, sheriff’s deputies arrested Price at his former residence at 300 Bronze Turkey Lane in Zionville, around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening. He was transported to the Ashe County Detention Center where he was booked and released on a $10,000 secured bond.
Price was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Thursday, Aug. 7.
Williams said that on June 13, deputies executed a notice of repossession on Price’s home and removed him from the residence. The locks on the home were subsequently changed.
Williams said the Ashe County Sheriffs’ Office was recently contacted by an attorney for SunTrust bank, which took control of Price’s property through foreclosure. The attorney reported that the locks on the residence had been changed yet again.
“We had contact back from the bank attorneys who took a look at the property and saw that the locks had been changed,” Williams said. “They suspected someone was living in the residence.”
The bank filed a breaking and entering report, which ultimately led to Price’s arrest on Tuesday evening.
SunTrust foreclosed on Price’s Zionville property, which totals 4.5 acres, earlier this year. A foreclosure auction took place on Feb. 11, 2014, at the Ashe County Courthouse.
In the past, Price has openly declared himself a “sovereign citizen,” or someone who doesn’t recognize the authority of the federal government.
Price failed to qualify for November’s general election in the May 6 primary election. He placed 7th out of seven candidates, with 327 votes (5.74 percent).
Attempts to contact Price were unsuccessful.
Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.