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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Bobby Martin:

Monday shortly after midnight Officer D. Newsome was patrolling Roanoke Avenue when he met a vehicle which appeared to be traveling at a speed higher than the posted limit. 

Newsome activated blue lights and siren and turned around on the vehicle for a traffic stop.

The driver was hesitant to stop but eventually did so near the avenue Burger King.

When Newsome began stepping out of his vehicle, the driver, later identified as Joseph Walton, 41, of Roanoke Rapids, sped off. The officer gave chase and Walton ran stop signs to get away.

Walton drove to Ninth and Jackson streets, turned and then made an abrupt stop.

Walton stepped out of his vehicle but was ordered by Newsome to stay where he was.

Officers C. Hagbourne and J. Melvin took Walton into custody.

A check for outstanding warrants yielded Walton’s license was revoked due to a previous driving infraction.

A search of the vehicle by Officer C. Batchelor yielded .5 grams of marijuana  along with paraphernalia. The vehicle was seized because of the attempt to elude arrest.

Walton was charged with flee to elude arrest, possession of schedule VI, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, and reckless driving to endanger. 

He received a $3,000 bond and August 5 court date.

Wednesday shortly before 2:30 p.m. Officer A. Radford and Master Officer J. Shelburne responded to the area of East Tenth Street and Becker Drive on a vehicle collision call.

The officers discovered the vehicle in the rear was at fault for failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

The driver of the vehicle at fault was identified as Synthia Davis, 56, of the Roanoke Rapids area. 

The officers spoke with Davis and discovered she was potentially in possession of narcotics and she was driving on a revoked license.

Davis was placed under arrest and carried before a magistrate where she was charged with possession of fentanyl, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving with a revoked license. Officers found fentanyl and a straw in her possession as well as a pill rolled up in the leg of her pants.

She received a $3,000 bond and August 5 court date.

Detective Morgan Worrell assisted.