Monday, 18 June 2018 15:55

Sheriff's office to resume suspect search in morning

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The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office suspended its search today for a man who escaped from custody early this morning.

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Sheriff Wes Tripp said the search for Darrieck Brinson will resume Tuesday morning if the man has not been captured or surrenders this evening.

Tripp said he has made contact with Brinson’s parents and they are assisting.

Today the sheriff’s office enlisted help from the Department of Public Safety Prison Emergency Response team and were also aided by the state Highway Patrol, which sent its helicopter to look for Brinson. Tim Strickland, a licensed drone pilot, used a drone with heat-seeking capabilities to assist in the search.

“We are using every resource we have available,” Tripp said. He said it can’t be discounted Brinson may have got a ride.

Brinson had been taken into custody after fleeing on foot from a checking station at First and Sycamore streets in Weldon around 3 this morning but was taken into custody. It had initially been reported the checking station was in Enfield.

When taken to the jail for booking after trying to flee the checking station, Brinson, handcuffed behind his back, fled from the sheriff’s office patrol vehicle he was transported in and dashed into the woods behind the jail. Authorities have been searching for Brinson since he fled into the woods behind the sheriff’s office and jail.

Tripp said Brinson is not considered to be a threat to the community. He has two outstanding warrants for misdemeanor larceny and has a court date on July 23 for driving while license revoked.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 252-583-8201 or Crimestoppers at 252-583-4444.


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