At approximately 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Officer D. Epps and Officer J. Melvin with the Roanoke Rapids Police Department responded to the 100 block of Jefferson Street in regard to a suspicious vehicle parked behind a house in the back alley.

Upon arriving in the area, officers located the vehicle, and upon approaching, the vehicle sped away from the officers, according to a press release from Chief Bobby Martin. The officers were able to get to their patrol vehicle and pursue the vehicle as the driver, later identified as Arontae Hendricks, 21, from the Rocky Mount area, attempted to get away from the officers. The vehicle turned onto First Street and immediately turned all the vehicle lights off in an attempt to lose the officers. Officer Epps was able to keep the vehicle in sight as he attempted to stop Hendricks with blue lights and siren. Hendricks continued toward Roanoke Avenue and turned left, ignoring a red light and then headed north. Hendricks finally pulled into the Shell Service station near Jackson Street Extension. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer found two occupants in the vehicle. Hendricks and another occupant, a juvenile, were removed from the vehicle with no incident. The vehicle was searched, where marijuana paraphernalia was located and seized.

The juvenile was released to their parents. Hendricks was charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a vehicle, fail to heed blue lights and siren, possession marijuana paraphernalia, fail to stop for a red light and driving while license revoked. He was placed under a $3,000 bond with a court date of Jan. 27.

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