Lexington, NC -- This story should drive home law enforcement's point about trying to elude officers in your car, when they attempt to stop you. You not only lose some freedom, you will lose your vehicle.
A man is in the Davidson County Jail and his car is now the property of the sheriff's office. That's because, when deputies tried to stop him over the weekend he led them on a chase.
According to investigators, the incident happened on Saturday, June 8 in the Wallburg Community. Deputies with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office initiated a traffic stop on a car at the intersection of Old Greensboro Road and Friendship Ledford Road. Officers said they were stopping the driver for a traffic light violation. The driver, identified as Jacob Byrd, didn't stop and led deputies on a pursuit that reached speeds of 70 mph in a 45 mph zone. The chase ended when Byrd wrecked his vehicle at the intersection of NC Highway 109 and Shady Grove Church Road, the report states.
Byrd was arrested and charged with Felony Flee/Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving to Endanger, Speeding, Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in Motor Vehicle, Driving Left of Center, Failure to Stop for a Stop Light and Failure to Stop for a Stop Sign.
His vehicle was seized by the Davidson County Sheriff's Office under the state's Run and You're Done law. Byrd was booked into the Davidson County Detention Center under a $5,000 secure bond.
*The Run and You're Done Law was signed by Gov. Bev Perdue in 2011, it became Law on December 1, 2011.