For Immediate Release:
On July 7, 2013 at
approximately 3:46 a.m., Sgt. Michael Sheppard of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division observed a vehicle traveling on West 5th Street in Washington in excess of the posted speed limit. Sgt. Sheppard followed the vehicle onto Clark’s Neck Road and observed the vehicle crossing the center line several times. Sgt. Sheppard
attempted the stop the vehicle on Clark’s Neck Road by activating his emergency lights and siren. The operator failed to stop and continued into Pitt County.
Sgt. Sheppard notified Communications that the driver was refusing to stop and his direction of travel. The vehicle jerked from left to right during the pursuit and reached speeds of approximately 75 mph before turning onto Rivercreek Drive. The driver pulled into a driveway
on Antler Drive and exited the vehicle. Sgt. Sheppard took the driver into custody after the driver refused to obey verbal commands.
As a result, Sgt. Sheppard charged James Henry Barrow, age 59 of Antler Drive in Washington, with Felony Flee to Elude Arrest, Driving While Impaired, Driving While License Revoked, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Careless and Reckless Driving. Barrow was held on a $2,000.00 secured bond. The vehicle operated by Barrow was seized
because his license was revoked for a prior DWI conviction.
Major Kenneth Watson
Beaufort County Sheriff's Office