Woman arrested after vehicle chase

Published 8:50 am Thursday, November 13, 2014

RICH SQUARE – A female driver attempting to flee Northampton County Sheriff’s deputies near here on Monday was apprehended after a vehicle pursuit.

Latoya Michelle Kearney, 26, of Roanoke Rapids was arrested and charged with failing to stop for blue light and siren, and resisting/delaying/obstructing a public officer. She was jailed under a $2,500 bond and is scheduled to make her initial court appearance on Jan. 5, 2015.

Additionally, she was served with two outstanding arrest warrants in Halifax County for failing to return rental property and making a false report to the police.

At approximately 7  a.m. on Monday, Northampton County Sheriff’s Office personnel were providing traffic control at a motor vehicle accident on NC 308 near Rich Square, according to a report filed by Northampton Sheriff’s Captain Chuck Hasty. There, NCSO Sgt. Antwone Johnson had a vehicle approach the scene of the accident at a high rate speed. He immediately motioned to the driver to slow down and pull to the side of the road.

Upon arriving at the driver’s side window, Johnson then explained to the driver, later identified as Kearney, why she was ordered to pull to the side of the road. Johnson obtained the driver’s information and went back to his vehicle to run a license check on Kearney. Upon returning to her vehicle, Johnson informed Kearney that she had outstanding arrest warrants out of Halifax County and was under arrest for those charges.

At that time, Kearney rolled up the driver’s side window of her vehicle and fled the scene. Johnson, joined by NCSO Deputy Kenny Melton, pursued Kearney’s vehicle on NC 308 and then on US 258 where she stopped. She was taken into custody without further incident.