WAKE FOREST — A suspect claimed she thought there were warrants for her arrest when she led police on a chase July 12.
According to Wake Forest police spokesperson Bill Crabtree, an officer saw Shaquita Quantia Jeffreys, 23, 7026 Little Creek Road, Zebulon, speeding down Jones Dairy Road in her Buick at 60 miles per hour just before 10 p.m.
“The officer turned around and tried to catch up with her and the driver increased her speed to 75 (mph),” Crabtree said.
The chase continued to Shuford Road where Jeffreys turned down a driveway, drove behind a shed and fled on foot. Officers began talking to people in the area.
According to Crabtree, Jeffreys returned to the scene and admitted she had been the one driving the car.
She was arrested for felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle. She was taken to jail on a $5,000 bond. Police did not find any outstanding warrants.
Her car was seized by police as part of the North Carolina statute which allows anyone who ditches their car during a chase to forfeit the rights to the vehicle.
A few hours earlier, Robert Kevin Boddie, 39, 1448 Chalk Road, Wake Forest, was arrested on Chalk Road for an order for arrest for two counts of failure to appear in court.
Though part of the same case, Crabtree said the two incidents are unrelated.
Hit and run
FRANKLINTON — He may have told police that he’d only drank two Bud Light beers, but a suspect in a hit-and-run case also said he was 8 out of 10 on a scale for being drunk.
Sgt. K.J. Hornaday filed a report July 13 regarding a hit and run which occurred on N.C. 56 near Oakridge Road.
According to the accident report, Michael Parker, 44, 35 Stonehouse Court, Franklinton, was driving a 1990 Buick west on N.C. 56 in an erratic manner. He allegedly crossed the center line and hit an oncoming car on the left side as it was attempting to swerve to the right to avoid the crash.
Parker continued driving and was caught on Winston Street.
According to the report, Parker admitted to being in a crash and leaving.
When asked what happened, Parker allegedly told Hornaday, “It was my birthday so I had a drink and was trying to get a trick,” according to the report. He claimed he stopped to make sure the man was OK after the accident.
After completing impairment tests, police tested his blood alcohol content, which measured a .15.
Parker was arrested for driving while impaired and hit and run. He was released to his family on written promise to appear in court.
WAKE FOREST — Law enforcement can’t stress enough the importance of locking vehicle doors and keeping valuables inside.
July 12, Wake Forest police filed 12 reports for items stolen from cars on Hogan Drive in Wake Forest.
Among the items stolen were a firearm and holster, keys, money, a digital camera, lens, 12 memory cards, a hard drive, granola bars, and jewelry.
Some cars were also reportedly rummaged through with nothing stolen.
Crabtree said not all of the cars were unlocked, but the valuables could be seen from the outside, which led suspects to break the windows.
Crabtree advises people to take valuables inside the house — as even the trunk isn’t safe.
“If they break the window, there is a trunk release and they can get whatever is in the trunk,” he said. “Secure your valuables, lock your cars and don’t leave spare keys in the car. Double check at night before you go to bed.”
In all of the cases, Crabtree said the breaking and enterings could have been avoided.
Other tips provided by Crabtree are to park in well-lighted areas, avoid parking near strangers loitering, use a garage, don’t leave a car on the street, lock all doors, close windows and don’t leave a vehicle unattended for long periods of time.
Above all, Crabtree insists, “If you see anything suspicious, call police. They would rather you call and be wrong than not call and would have been right.”