Published 7:40 pm Sunday, November 2, 2014
GATESVILLE – A fugitive from justice saw her time on the run from the law end on Friday.
Acting on a tip, Gates County Sheriff Ed Webb and his deputies, joined by the North Carolina Highway Patrol, went to a residence at Boyd’s Mobile Home Park in Gates where they took 30-year-old Erin Lynn Fitzgerald and two males into custody.
Fitzgerald, whose last known address was on Whaleyville Blvd. in Suffolk, VA, was arrested on a fugitive warrant for failing to appear in court to answer for the charge of assault on a government official and other charges. She was jailed under a $375,000 bond.
According to First Sgt. Mike Warren of the Highway Patrol’s Troop A / District II office in Ahoskie, Fitzgerald stands accused of attempting to strike NCHP Trooper Jason Williams with her vehicle following a chase on March 22.
It was on that date that the Highway Patrol and Gates County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a license checking station on US 158. Warren said a vehicle was approaching the checkpoint, at which time it turned around and sped off. NCHP troopers gave chase, which ended on a dead end road just across the county line in Perquimans. Just prior to the suspect vehicle, later determined to be operated by Fitzgerald, crashed into a ditch, the driver attempted to ram Trooper Williams.
She was arrested after a short foot chase and charged by the NCHP with DWI, felony speed to elude arrest, speeding 112 mph in a 55 mph zone, careless and reckless driving, stop sign violation, RDO (resist, delay, obstruct), failure to wear a seat belt, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license were revoked, failure to stop for a blue light and siren, and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.
Webb said that Fitzgerald is also wanted on warrants in Johnston County for perjury, heroin possession, and failing to appear in court. She also has outstanding arrest warrants in Virginia, according to Webb
The two men arrested inside the same mobile home – 34-year-old Patrick Joseph Fitzgerald (the fugitive’s husband of the same address) and 32-year-old Jeremy David McCuiston of Knobbs Creek, Suffolk, VA – were both charged with harboring a known fugitive. Each was jailed under a $10,000 bond.
“Our guys did a great job acting on a tip and being able to go in and arrest a fugitive we’ve been searching for,” Webb said.