Vehicle chase leads to arrests


Lt. Wilson Muse of the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office attempts to remove a suspect's sneaker from the door of a Ford Explorer Sport on Tuesday after the vehicle crashed on Simpson Drive in Tarboro.


Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

TARBORO — Authorities arrested a pair of robbery suspects Tuesday following a break-in and a short chase in Tarboro.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office charged Derrick Scott, 18, with breaking and entering, felony larceny, larceny of firearm, felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and Zavius Stanley, 22, with breaking and entering, felony larceny, larceny of firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

According to a press release, officers received a call from a local resident about a break-in that was taking place on Boothe Lane near Leggett. After deputies responded to the area, officers got a description of the suspect’s vehicle and located it on NC 33 N.W. outside of Tarboro.

A pursuit began when the suspect’s vehicle took officers through Tarboro and ended on the corner of West Wilson Street and Simpson Drive where the suspect ran into a ditch and wrecked the vehicle while trying to turn into the Pender Square Apartments. Deputies said assistance from the Tarboro Police Department and its K-9 unit allowed authorities to apprehend both suspects immediately as they tried to flee from the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, officers confiscated nine stolen firearms, ammunition and a stolen TV. Scott was jailed under a $100,000 bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center and Stanley was jailed under a $150,000 bond in the Edgecombe County Detention Center.

“We are very thankful for the assistance of the concerned citizen who called in to report the break-in as well as the assistance of the Tarboro Police Department, Tarboro Fire Department and North Carolina State Highway Patrol,” said Egecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson. “A coordinated effort between the citizens and law enforcement will contine to lead to successes such as this.”