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Henderson man arrested following high-speed chase

FRANKLINTON -- Authorities arrested a Henderson man who led police on a two-county chase.

Jeremy Rollins, 33, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger and driving while license revoked.

According to a report, officer T.S. Bowden spotted an unoccupied vehicle parked in the fire lane at Food Lion with an expired 30-day tag at about 7:30 a.m. on May 16.

There was also an open container of alcohol in the center console.

Bowden had Food Lion staff request the driver of the vehicle to come outside.

Rollins came out, according to the report, and said he was about to move the vehicle.

Rollins, according to the report, admitted he did not have a license and Bowden noted the smell of alcohol emanating from Rollins.

Rollins admitted to drinking, according to the report, as he got into the driver's seat. He was able to force the door shut and drove off, according to the report, heading north on U.S. 1.

Bowden gave chase, calling in backup from Vance County, Henderson police, the state Highway Patrol and Franklinton Police Chief John Green.

Traffic flow was light, according to the report, as Rollins reached speeds of 120 mph during the chase.

Rollins eventually pulled into a driveway in Henderson where he surrendered to authorities.

Rollins registered a .06 blood-alcohol level -- too low to warrant a driving while impaired charge.

He was placed in the Franklin County jail in lieu of a $2,500 bond. He is next slated to appear in court on traffic citations on July 28. He is slated to appear in court on Bowden's charges on Oct. 20.


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