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A suspicious vehicle call led to a chase and the arrest of a Rocky Mount man Thursday night.

Roanoke Rapids police Chief Bobby Martin said officers D. Epps and J. Melvin responded to a call in the 100 block of Jefferson Street about a vehicle parked behind a house in the alley. The call came in around 8:15 p.m.


When the officers located and approached the vehicle the driver, identified later as Arontae Hendricks, 21, sped away.

The officers pursued Hendricks, who turned onto First Street and turned off all lights in an attempt to get away.

Epps kept the vehicle in sight as Hendricks continued toward Roanoke Avenue and ran a red light as he traveled north.

Hendricks stopped at the Shell station at Jackson Street Extension.

Two occupants were removed from the vehicle. A juvenile was in the vehicle and was released to parents.

Officers located marijuana paraphernalia and seized it.

Hendricks faces charges of felony flee to elude arrest with a vehicle, fail to heed blue lights and siren, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, fail to stop for a red light, and driving while license revoked.

He received a $3,000 bond and January 27 court date.