High speed chase ends in drug arrests

Published 6:58 pm Friday, November 8, 2019

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WOODLAND – A high-speed chase that began here on Halloween ended with the arrest of two individuals on illegal drug charges.

Upon the chase ending in Murfreesboro, Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith reported the arrests of 39-year-old Derrick Robinson of Rich Square and 28-year-old Taralynn Hopkins of Greenville

Robinson was charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, one count of maintaining a vehicle to sell and deliver controlled substance, one count of possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine, and two counts of resisting a pubic officer. Other than resisting a public officer, Hopkins faces the identical charges.

Derrick Robinson

They were jailed under $26,000 and $25,000 bonds respectively. Both made their initial appearances on Thursday of this week in Northampton County Criminal District Court.

Sheriff Smith said that on Oct. 31, Northampton Deputy R. Horton and Woodland Police Officer J. Hoggard attempted to conduct a vehicle stop within the Woodland town limits after observing a minor traffic violation. Upon initiating the stop, the driver, Robinson, sped off, leading officers on a chase with speeds reaching over 100 miles per hour.

In Murfreesboro, Robinson jumped and ran from the vehicle where a brief foot chase ensued. Robinson was later apprehended with no further incident.

Upon a search of the vehicle, officers discovered approximately 18.3 ounces of marijuana and approximately five ounces of cocaine

Horton and Hoggard were assisted by officers with the Murfreesboro Police Department, Rich Square Police, Conway Police, and Hertford County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Smith stated he was thankful that no officers or citizens were hurt in this incident. He also thanked the law enforcement officers from the other departments for their assistance in making the arrests.

Taralynn Hopkins

“I would like to thank Deputy R. Horton for his quick response and assistance to Woodland Police Department and their traffic stop,” Smith said. “We at Northampton County Sheriff’s Office are committed to removing all illegal drugs from our communities and making a joint effort with other agencies to make our citizens and neighborhoods safer, in hopes that it will not get to our children.”



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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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