Roanoke Valley law enforcement reported the following:
Roanoke Rapids Police Department
Chief Bobby Martin reported Monday shortly after 10:15 p.m. Officer H. Grimes was patrolling in the area of DrugCo when she noticed a vehicle parked on the side of the business.
Grimes pulled into the lot to check the vehicle due to the late hour.
Upon pulling in behind the vehicle she noticed someone moving around and exited her patrol vehicle to investigate further.
She encountered a man sitting in the driver’s seat. She noticed an orange cap in his lap which indicated that there was the potential for drug use or drugs in the vehicle.
The driver appeared to be sluggish and incoherent when speaking with the officer.
Investigation revealed a Crown Royal bag with a needle, six white pills, a shoe string, and a balled-up ticket with a small baggie containing a white powdery substance.
The pills were identified as hydrocodone and acetaminophen. During the vehicle search there was also a cigarette pack located with several clear baggies in it.
A second needle was discovered between the passenger seat and the center console.
The driver was identified as Antoine Lee, 29, of the Emporia area.
Lee was placed into custody and carried before a magistrate. He was charged with possession of schedule II, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was placed under $1,000 bond with a September 6 court date.
“Officers are seeing more and more of these incidents throughout the city where they encounter subjects that are impaired and attempting to drive,” Martin said in a statement. “They are also seeing the potential for being stuck by unsecured needles that are being used to inject drugs. If you encounter any syringes, we ask that you do not pick them up due to risk of being injured, contact law enforcement so they can be disposed of properly.”
Officer C. Hagbourne assisted.
The police department and Halifax County Public Health System are holding forums on discarded needles Wednesday and again next week.
Halifax County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Deputy Scott Hall reported on August 8 deputies and investigators responded to numerous vehicle break-ins in the West Tenth Street area of Roanoke Rapids.
Throughout the investigation, detectives learned approximately 14 unlocked vehicles had been broken into and items of value were stolen from some.
Detective Matt Brown charged Trey Frink, 20, of Roanoke Rapids, Cody Ballerro, 24, of Littleton, and a juvenile in the vehicle break-ins.
Frink and Ballerro await Wednesday court dates. C squad and B squad assisted.
The juvenile was petitioned to juvenile court.
Weldon Police Department
Chief Chris Davis reported Sunday shortly after 1:15 a.m., Officer S. McKimmey stopped a vehicle in the 700 block of Sycamore Street after the driver failed to stop for stop signs at two intersections.
McKimmey identified the driver as Kimberly Byers Looney, 28, of Emporia.
McKimmey discovered the driver showed several signs of impairment.
McKimmey placed Looney under arrest and she was taken to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office for additional testing.
Looney was then taken before a Halifax County magistrate where she was charged with DWI. She received a written promise to appear in court on October 11.
Sergeant T. Mason assisted.