Chase ends with arrest

Published 6:41 pm Tuesday, December 10, 2019

WINTON – A wild ride for the driver of a stolen dirt bike and several Hertford County Sheriff’s deputies ended with the arrest of an Ahoskie man on Friday night.

Dajour Laquon Jackson, age 23, of Buster Moore Road faces two felony charges – flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle; misdemeanor injury to personal property; and several traffic citations, to include speeding, driving left of center, careless and reckless driving, and passing in a no passing zone.

Jackson was jailed under a $25,000 secured bond and was scheduled to make his initial appearance on Tuesday in Hertford County Criminal District Court.

Sheriff Dexter Hayes said the dirt bike was reported stolen last week in Elizabeth City. It was spotted in Winton shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The driver, later identified as Jackson, attempted to elude arrest by driving at a high rate of speed, at times in excess of 80 mph.

Hayes said the chase went down Oak Villa Road, near Winton. Once on Bluefoot Road, Jackson turned into a cemetery and then down a path near the railroad track in a continuing effort to elude the deputies.

From there the chase continued on the Ahoskie-Cofield Road, eventually making it into Ahoskie’s corporate limits. There, the pursuit was on Holloman Avenue, Catherine Street, Main Street, and Academy Street, heading north on US 13.

Upon reaching Modlin Road, the driver of the dirt bike turned left. He continued on Modlin Road, dangerously navigating through the area of ongoing construction at the road’s intersection with NC 11.

The chase then reached Union where the now increasing number of deputies attempted to box the driver in on the property of Roanoke-Chowan Community College. But again, Jackson made his get-away, eventually turning onto Union Road and then north on NC 461.

The chase ended at the intersection of NC 11 and 11, another area of road construction. There, Jackson lost control of the bike and fell off.

Sheriff Hayes said Jackson claimed he did not know that the bike he was riding was stolen.

“He stated he did not stop in Winton because the other guys he was with (others riding dirt bikes) didn’t stop either,” Hayes said.

The Sheriff added that a second suspect in the chase has been identified. That name was not immediately released pending a further investigation.

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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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