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Checkpoints nab fugitives, impaired driving suspects

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SPRING HOPE — Recent license checkpoints and traffic stops have nabbed drunken driving suspects, drugs and motorists with outstanding arrest warrants in other jurisdictions.

While conducting a license checkpoint on Second Street at around 7 p.m. June 5, a driver gave Officer P. Lenhart an expired license. Lenhart ran the driver’s information and found that the driver had outstanding arrest warrants in Wilson County. Police charged Earl Maurice Ward, 35, with driving with a suspended license and served him with two outstanding warrants for driving without a license, according to information provided by Police Chief Nathan Gant.

Ward received a $1,500 bond.

A vehicle turned around in front of a checkpoint on South Walnut Street near Second Street at around 9:15 p.m. on June 26. Officer N. Barbour stopped the vehicle to find Rocky Mount resident Kendell Edge, 31, behind the wheel. Edge had a suspended license and outstanding arrest warrants in Nash and Edgecombe counties for driving without a license, according to the state’s online criminal court calendar. Police booked Edge into the Nash County Detention Center on a $1,500 bond.

At around 8:40 p.m. on May 7, while conducting a license checkpoint on West Nash Street, Lenhart stopped a vehicle. The driver allegedly provided a false name and birthdate. The driver, later identified as Samanda Hartsfield, 25, is accused of providing her cousin’s name to avoid legal consequences. Police charged Hartsfield with identity theft, driving with a suspended license, providing false information to law enforcement, operating an unregistered vehicle and operating a vehicle with no insurance. She received a $7,500 bond.

At around 8:15 p.m. on June 1, while conducting a license checkpoint on West Nash Street, Officer D. Radford noticed an odor of alcohol on a driver’s breath. Police charged Joseph Ray, 56, with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked per impairment revocation and possession of a revoked registration plate.

At around 2 p.m. June 7, Radford responded to a motor vehicle wreck on North Walnut Street where an all-terrain vehicle struck a utility pole. Radford found an injured woman lying in the middle of the road. Witnesses told Radford that two four-wheelers were involved, but only one remained at the scene. Emergency medical workers took Amanda Stallings-Foster, 34, to Wake Med for treatment. 

Radford’s investigation led him to Donnie Foster, 38. Foster allegedly took the damaged four-wheeler and fled the scene. Police charged Stallings-Foster with driving while impaired, causing damage to real property, operating an unregistered vehicle, operating a vehicle with no insurance, operating a vehicle without a helmet when required and reckless driving. Police charged Foster with obstruction of justice, operating an unregistered vehicle and operating a vehicle with no insurance. The Castalia couple were served with a written promise to appear in court.

At around 10 p.m. on June 23, Detective T. Bell and deputies with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office held a license checkpoint on South Walnut Street near Second Street. As result of a vehicle stop, 26-year-old Dylann Ruge was charged with driving while impaired and possession of an open container of alcohol.

At around 5 p.m. on June 26, Officer J. Gwaltney stopped a vehicle for speeding on West Nash Street. Kimberly Aguilar. 26, was cited for possession of marijuana.