Three arrested in heroin bust after high-speed chase

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From Staff Reports

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A Rocky Mount man and two other men are facing multiple charges after a drug bust Monday in Nash County and a subsequent high-speed chase through Rocky Mount.

The incident began just before 2 p.m. Monday, said Brandon Medina, chief deputy of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office. Acting on information received, members of the Tar River Regional Drug Task Force went to the parking lot of the Sheetz at 157 North Old Carriage Road where they were told a man driving a black Chevrolet Volt would be in possession of 50 bags of heroin.

Officers spotted the car, which was occupied by three male suspects, and approached it to investigate. A man later identified as Michael Jefferson left the car as officers approached. He was captured and found to be in possession of 49 bags of heroin.

As law enforcement officers arrested Jefferson, the driver of the car, Quatavious Arnez Hunter, backed his Chevrolet Volt into a patrol car, damaging the right rear quarter panel. The Chevrolet Volt then jumped over the curb onto Eastern Avenue and led deputies on a high-speed chase with speeds exceeding 80 mph that continued into the Rocky Mount city limits. The chase ended on Griffin Street in Rocky Mount where Hunter exited the vehicle and ran, Medina said in a statement to the press.

After a foot pursuit, Hunter was captured and taken into custody on Jarret Drive. A passenger, Montrell Lavar Pitt, remained in the vehicle and was apprehended without incident.

Hunter, 25, of Elm City, was charged with maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, conspiring to sell or deliver heroin, felony fleeing to elude arrest and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. He was jailed under a $105,000 secured bond in the Nash County Detention Center.

Jefferson, 21, of Gastonia, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin. He was jailed under a $12,000 secured bond in the Nash County Detention Center.

Pitt, 24, of Rocky Mount, was charged with conspiracy to sell or deliver heroin and was also jailed under a $12,000 secured bond in the Nash County Detention Center.