Driver of high-speed chase surrenders

Published 11:42 am Sunday, January 7, 2024

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WINDSOR – A teenage driver involved in a high-speed chase on Friday in Kelford surrendered himself on Saturday to Bertie County officials.

Bertie Sheriff Tyrone Ruffin identified the driver as 18-year-old Jalyn Shacar Norfleet of Governors Road, Kelford. Norfleet was charged with felony flee to elude arrest, resisting a public officer, failure to heed a blue light/siren, reckless driving/wanton disregard, driving left of center, speed in excess of 45 mph, injury to real property, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Sheriff Ruffin said that on Friday morning (Jan. 5), BCSO Sgt. D. Young conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in Kelford due to a speed limit violation. BCSO Deputy B. Manning arrived on scene to assist with a probable cause search of the vehicle at which point the driver fled. The

The suspect vehicle attempted to evade law enforcement by crossing a farm field, but ultimately crashed into a residence from where the driver then fled on foot into a wooded area.

The Bertie Sheriff’s Office requested a K-9 unit from the Ahoskie Police Department to assist in the search of the wooded area where the suspect was believed to be hiding. Assisting in the search were Investigators from the BCSO who used drones to also search the area. Ruffin said the officers were unable to locate the suspect and the search was called off, but arrest warrants were obtained for Norfleet.

Ruffin noted that on Saturday morning (Jan. 6), Deputy Manning was able to make contact with Norfleet via a phone call. Later that day, Norfleet presented himself at the Magistrate’s Office to turn himself in for the charges.

Ruffin thanked the Ahoskie Police Department for their assistance.