Marijuana seized following high-speed chase
Published 12:32 pm Sunday, February 4, 2024
LEWISTON WOODVILLE – Three men and one juvenile were taken into custody near here Saturday following a high-speed chase.
After the chase ended, a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted resulting in the seizure of firearms and felony amounts of controlled substances, according to Bertie Sheriff Tyrone Ruffin.
The driver of that vehicle, 24-year-old Joel Mendez, faces the most serious charges, to include assault with a deadly weapon after he purposely ran head-on into a vehicle operated by a Bertie County Sheriff’s Deputy. That officer was not injured.
Mendez, who was jailed under a $200,000 bond, was also charged with felony flee to elude arrest, felony possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute, maintaining a vehicle to store a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting a public officer, failure to heed blue lights and siren, and reckless driving to endanger.
Also arrested were Curtis Francis, age 28, and 21-year-old Zyreke Pugh.