HENDERSON — A car chase that began in northeast Henderson on Tuesday night continued into Warren County and back before Henderson police arrested a drug suspect for the second time this month.
Tyren Hargrove, 21, was held on a $1 million bond in connection with a prior set of charges, and on an additional $52,000 bond on new charges of fleeing to elude arrest, possession of Schedule II drugs, breaking and entering a motor vehicle, reckless driving resisting an officer and simple possession of Schedule VI drugs.
Henderson Police Department Chief Marcus Barrow said the chase began at about 9 p.m. on Tuesday when Officer Tyler McDaniel, who was stopped at the corner of Sunnyview Road and Water Street, saw a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck pass by at high speed.
McDaniel tried to stop the truck, but its driver hit the gas and shut off its lights.
The ensuing pursuit saw the Tacoma’s driver make “several evasive turns,” pass several vehicles in no-passing zones, fail to stop at several intersections and reach speeds of about 115 mph, Barrow said.
The chase unfolded east of the city, reaching into Warren County before the truck — a rental with New York tags — made a U-turn at Annie Lee Road and came back toward Henderson
Henderson police used what Barrow called “a tire deflation device” at the intersection of South Cokesbury Road and Vicksboro to try punching holes in the truck’s tires. The truck “successfully ran over” it, but continued on down the road before finally coming to a stop at Vicksboro Road and Ashmont Lane.
That wasn’t the end of the chase, as the truck’s two occupants, driver and passenger, tried to get away on foot.
Hargrove, the alleged driver, “was found hiding in a vehicle he unlawfully entered” at home on Barclay Lane in the Carey Chapel Village neighborhood, Barrow said.
The passenger, Sedarius Artez Boyd, 22, “was located in a wood line after a successful K-9 track,” Barrow said.
Police served a prior criminal summons on Boyd that accused him of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and additionally charged him with resisting a public officer. He went free on a $1,000 unsecured bond.
Barrow said police seized “an unlabeled container with 33 oxycodone pills inside” when they arrested Hargrove.
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The arrest was Hargrove’s second at the hands of Henderson police this month, the first having occurred on June 3 when officers served a search warrant at 808 Eastway Drive after getting a drug complaint.
They seized 4,004 doses of heroin, $59,348 in cash and a semi-automatic pistol during the raid, and charged Hargrove with two counts of trafficking heroin, possession of heroin with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, and with maintaining a drug dwelling.
Hargrove posted a $100,000 secured bond following that arrest, before even going to the Vance County Jail — which annoyed police because he was already on what they termed “post-release” from yet another incident.
District Attorney Mike Waters confirmed that his office had gone to court to have that prior bond revoked and a new, much higher one issued. “We felt his new arrest violated his conditions on pretrial [release] on his previous cases,” he said, stressing that Hargrove remains innocent until proven guilty.
Those previous cases “involved narcotics and a felony flee to elude,” Waters added.
When McDaniel saw the truck, there was already an order for arrest and what Barrow termed “a pre-assigned $1 million bond” awaiting Hargrove.
Barrow said Henderson police got help on Tuesday from Vance County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the State Highway Patrol. “We are always grateful for the tremendous working relationship we have with both,” he added.
A N.C. Department of Public Safety database indicates that both Hargrove and Boyd are convicted felons.
Hargrove’s record includes a January 2019 conviction in Vance County on two counts of possessing Schedule I drugs with intent to sell. He served just under 7½ months in state prison on those charges.
Boyd was convicted in Vance County on Dec. 2 on two counts of possessing Schedule I drugs and was serving 18 months of probation.
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