HPD stolen vehicle pursuit ends in crash

On November 26, 2010 around 6:38 a.m., Officer D. Ragland with the Henderson Police Department was patrolling the area of N. Cooper Drive near Walmart in Henderson when he located a 2002 Honda Civic driving with its headlights off.

Ragland conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at the Cruzier’s BP on Ruin Creek Road. During the stop, the driver began to act suspiciously and drove off. Ragland began a vehicle pursuit of the Honda. Other patrol units responded to assist Ragland and continued the pursuit. When the Honda reached the intersection of 158 Bypass and Ruin Creek Road, the vehicle was traveling at approximately 65 mph. Upon entering the intersection, the vehicle hit a hump in the roadway and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The Honda then collided with three sport utility vehicles parked in the Charles Boyd Cadillac overflow vehicle lot located across from the business.

Upon colliding with the parked vehicles, the driver exited the Honda and began to flee on foot. A short foot chase was conducted by officers and the driver was apprehended.

During the course of the investigation, the 2002 Honda was determined to have been stolen from a service station in Roanoke Rapids on November 23, 2010, and a loaded stolen shotgun was found inside the vehicle passenger compartment. The driver, Christopher Allen Taylor, 17, of 201 Barren Ridge Road in Chester, Maryland was arrested and charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, felony fleeing to elude arrest, and resisting a public officer for the Henderson offenses. In addition, Taylor was charged with larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle for the Roanoke Rapids offense.

Christopher Taylor
Christopher Allen Taylor

Taylor received a secured bond of $97,000 for all of the charges and remains in the Vance County Jail pending a court hearing on December 6, 2010.