Chase ends in arrest

Published 1:06 pm Monday, March 7, 2016

JACKSON – A Woodland man is behind bars here following his Tuesday arrest on several charges, including leading law enforcement officers on a high speed chase which resulted in damage to a Northampton County Sheriff deputy’s vehicle.

Dajuan Davis, age 23, stands charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving, and resisting a public officer. He was placed in the Northampton County Detention Center under an $8,300 secured bond and made his initial court appearance on Friday.

According to information provided by Captain Courtney L. Williams of the Northampton Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations unit, NCSO deputies D. Carter and M. Walton observed a suspicious vehicle, a newer model Nissan Sentra, in the parking lot at Northampton County High School around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. Carter attempted to stop the vehicle, but it sped away.

The vehicle turned onto NCHS Road traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputy Carter continued pursing the vehicle through Conway, Potecasi and Woodland.

At one stage of the chase, the Sentra ran into the right passenger side of a 2014 Dodge Charger operated by a Northampton deputy. That resulted in $3,000 worth of damage to the patrol car and approximately $4,000 in damage to the Sentra.

The driver, later identified as Davis, stopped the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot in the area of NC 35 near Woodland. He was captured after a brief foot chase by Deputy Carter.

Northampton Sheriff Jack Smith commended deputies Carter and Walton for being alert on the school campus, and while in pursuit of the suspect vehicle.

Sheriff Smith also thanked Chief Billy Duke of the Conway Police Department for his professionalism during the pursuit. He added thanks to the Murfreesboro Police Department, Hertford County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol for their assistance.

“The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office will have a presence at the Northampton County High School and other Northampton County Schools so that the students, staff and other personnel are kept safe as possible,” Smith said.

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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