LAURINBURG — An arrest following a car chase Sunday morning turned into an opportunity for a good deed on Sunday afternoon, according to police.
Heather Nicole Tucker, 31, Yarborough Lane, Laurel Hill was arrested for fleeing police Sunday morning shortly after 8:30 after a police chase that began in Laurinburg and ended outside Maxton, according to Assistant Police Chief Terry Chavis.
The stop, however, turned into an opportunity for officers to do a good deed for an elderly couple in need.
Sgt. Josh Byrd was conducting a radar checkpoint on US 74 when he spotted a speeding car.
“He saw a vehicle coming up at about 90 MPH. He ran a radar check and came back at 89 MPH in a 70 MPH,” Chavis said. “He tried to stop the driver and engaged the blue lights and siren. The driver noticed him behind her, slowed down and rolled down the window, stuck out her arm and motioned to tell him to come on around.”
Byrd continued to follow the car and clocked the driver at speeds of 75 and 80 MPH.
As the driver approached exit 194 outside of Maxton she pulled over.
“She was advised of her rights, but told officers that she was late for an appointment in Lumberton,” Chavis said.
Tucker was arrested for fleeing to elude arrest and failure to heed blue light/ siren, and speeding 89 in a 70 MPH zone. She was taken to the Scotland County Detention Center and held under a $10,000 secured bond. Her first court appearance is June 26.
Tucker also led police to an elderly couple in need of assistance.
“There was an elderly couple on the roadside in a Mercedes convertible with a flat tire,” Chavis said. “They told our officers that they didn’t know what to do or who to call.”
Lt. Kris Singletary, who responded to assist Byrd, was able to help the couple change their tire and get them back on the road.
When the couple expressed their gratitude, Singletary simply told them that the Lord sent the wrong person their way at the right time.
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