10/30/06 — High-speed chase ends near Wilson

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High-speed chase ends near Wilson

By Lee Williams
Published in News on October 30, 2006 1:45 PM

FREMONT -- Fremont police collared two suspects who led them on a high-speed chase Sunday after they failed to pull over during a routine traffic stop.

Jamel Sherrod, 32, of South Vance Street, the driver of a black 2006 Nissan Z300, and his passenger, Dederick Harvey of Sycamore Street, face a slew of charges in connection with the high-speed chase, Fremont police Chief Wayne Schwark said.

Fremont police Officer Chris Wilkerson spotted Sherrod's sportscar at the intersection of Bryant and North Sycamore streets about 9:40 p.m. and initiated a traffic stop after the driver failed to stop at a stop sign.

"He got behind the vehicle and the vehicle sped away," Schwark said. "He activated his blue lights to try to stop the vehicle."

Sherrod then drove from Davis Mill Road to Black Creek Road, the police chief said.

"The vehicle was going at a high-rate of speed, left the road, struck a culvert and flipped over," Schwark said.

Sherrod's passenger, Harvey, was ejected from the sportscar.

Units of the Fremont Police Department, Black Creek Police Department, Wilson County Sheriff's Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Department, the State Highway Patrol and Wayne County Emergency Medical Services responded to the incident, Schwark said.

Harvey received medical treatment. Sherrod, who refused medical treatment, was placed in handcuffs.

Sherrod was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, failure to stop at a stop sign, speeding, driving on a revoked license, driving under the influence and careless and reckless driving.

Harvey, who sustained serious injuries in the incident, was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital for treatment. He later was transferred to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

During his visit, hospital officials found cocaine in Harvey's possession, Schwark said. Harvey now faces charges of felony possession of cocaine, he added.

Schwark lauded his officer for the work he did in bringing the offenders to justice.

"I think he did an excellent job," Schwark said. "The drugs are probably why they decided to run instead of pulling over for the officer."

More charges could be forthcoming in the case.