Car chase covers three local counties

Published 6:18 pm Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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WINTON – A Rich Square man faces numerous charges, to include felony speed to elude arrest, after a high speed car chase covered three local counties on Saturday.

Kameron Lamont Pugh, 21, was taken into custody by the Hertford County Sheriff’s Office when the chase, which started in Murfreesboro, finally ended near Lewiston-Woodville.

Hertford County Sheriff Dexter Hayes said the incident began when HCSO Deputy Kendall Swain initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle he saw fail to stop at a traffic signal on the Murfreesboro Bypass (US 158/258).

The driver, identified later as Pugh, fled the traffic stop, traveling at a high rate of speed entering the Murfreesboro town limits on Spring Ave.

From that point, the suspect vehicle turned onto US 158/258 Business West, eventually crossing into Northampton County where he took US 258 South towards Woodland. Deputy Swain said speeds reached 110 mph on that highway.

The chase zipped through the towns of Woodland (at speeds of 80 mph) and Rich Square (at 60 mph).

South of Rich Square, Pugh turned his vehicle east onto NC 308. While turning, his car made contact with a law enforcement vehicle, but was able to continue.

The chase went through Roxobel, Kelford and Lewiston-Woodville before turning left onto Francis Mill Road. It eventually reached Connaritsa Road. There, reaching a dead end, Pugh steered his vehicle through the yard of a private residence and a farm field before again reaching Connaritsa Road in the other direction.

At this point, spike strips were deployed by a North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper. That effort was successful as they punctured the tires on Pugh’s vehicle, causing it to wreck.

Deputy Swain, assisted by Woodland Police Chief Eddie Hoggard, was able to take Pugh into custody at that point.

Pugh refused medical treatment and was taken to the Hertford County Detention Center.

“These types of situations are always stressful due to the fact there are innocent motorists encountered along the course of a chase,” said Sheriff Hayes. “Fortunately, no one was injured and we were able to take this careless and reckless driver into custody.”


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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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