Suspect in custody after wrong-way chase

Published 6:58 pm Monday, August 7, 2023

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WINDSOR – A motorist from Halifax County was arrested Friday night after leading law enforcement officers on a wrong-way chase on US 17.

Bertie Sheriff Tyrone Ruffin said 41-year-old Kajuan Jarmel Pearson is charged with felony flee to elude, driving while impaired, and possession of marijuana. Pearson was placed in the Bertie Martin Regional Jail under a $5,000 secured bond.

Ruffin stated that the chase was initiated by BCSO Deputy Cody Garland after witnessing a 2010 Nissan Altima traveling north in the southbound lane of US 17.

“Deputy Garland was able to get behind the vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle to get them on the right side of the road,” Ruffin said. “The driver of the vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed in excess of 110 mph, failing to stop for law enforcement, blue lights and siren.”

Ruffin added that the suspect vehicle “ran four cars off the road.”

Once the driver, later identified as Pearson, reached the Ledrew Perry Road in Merry Hill, he turned off the lights of his car in an effort to hide from responding law enforcement vehicles.

“We were able to approach the vehicle and take the suspect in custody,” Ruffin said.


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