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

Thursday shortly after 2 p.m. Sergeant D. Newsome responded to a call of a man staggering in the Lowe’s parking lot. The man, identified later as Sean Lough, was getting into a vehicle and headed to the ABC Store.

Officers had received an earlier call about checking on the 41-year-old Potomac, Maryland, man’s behavior.

Newsome activated blue lights and siren when Lough began backing out of a parking space. He refused to stop and drove westward down Old Farm Road.

Lough veered into the opposite lane and nearly collided with Lieutenant Andy Cash of the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

Lough continued on Old Farm where it turns into Seventh Street. He eventually stopped Seventh and Virginia streets.

He faces charges of felony flee to elude, driving while impaired, reckless driving to endanger person or property, resist, obstruct, and delay, fail to heed lights and siren, open container, fail to stop for a stop sign, drive left of center and drive the wrong way on a dual-lane highway.

He received a $10,000 bond and was scheduled for a district court appearance today.

“I would like to commend the members of C squad in regards to their response to this situation along with criminal investigations,” Martin said. “We would also like to extend a thank you to Lieutenant Cash for his assistance in regards to this incident as well.”


On Tuesday shortly after 5:30 p.m. narcotics Agent C. Batchelor was in the area of Premier Boulevard when he observed Marcus Winborne, who he knew had a revoked license, driving.

Batchelor conducted a traffic stop to check the 31-year-old Pleasant Hill man for a valid license.

Batchelor noted the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and a search ensued, resulting in 16.5 grams of marijuana in four bags and a digital scale.

Winborne was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, and maintain a vehicle for controlled substances.

He received a $25,000 bond and October 27 court date.

Newsome assisted.