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RCSO: Man leads deputies on chase through East Rockingham 10 days after latest release from prison

ROCKINGHAM — A man with multiple pending drug charges — and who had been out of prison less than two weeks — is accused of leading Richmond County deputies on a chase through East Rockingham over the weekend.

According to a Sept. 26 social media post from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Community Impact Team were investigating reports of illegal activity in the East Rockingham area of Safie 2nd Avenue the previous day when they saw a red vehicle “driving at a high rate of speed and reckless (through) the neighborhood.”

Investigators reportedly tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver allegedly refused to pull over, resulting in a pursuit until the vehicle crashed on a dirt road off of Rogosin Street.

The driver, 52-year-old Kim Lamont Harris, of Rockingham, was arrested and charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, which is a felony.

The post states he was also cited for multiple traffic infractions. Online court records show Harris is cited for: failing to stop at a stop sign or flashing red light; failing to stop at a steady red light; driving left of center; and exceeding the posted speed limit.

Harris was booked into the Richmond County Jail on a $20,000 secured bond and appears to have been released.

Online court records show he is scheduled to appear Oct. 6 on the fleeing charge and Nov. 3 on the traffic citations. On the latter date, he also faces a 2021 charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Harris is also scheduled to appear in superior court Oct. 10 on 2021 charges: two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a Schedule II controlled substance; maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction show Harris was just released from prison 10 days earlier on Sept. 15 after serving eight months on a post-release revocation.

His parole was set to end in June, a year after being released from a seven-year sentence for being a habitual felon and possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance.

Harris spent most of 1989-1995 behind bars following several breaking and entering and larceny convictions.

He went back to prison in 1997 after being convicted of second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense and two counts of possession with intent to sell a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), serving three consecutive sentences totalling eight years and one month.

Harris found himself behind bars again in 2010, convicted of possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance and assault on an officer or state employee. While serving a year for those crimes, Harris was convicted in Anson County of assault with a deadly weapon and assault inflicting serious bodily injury. He was released in December of 2011.

However, in 2014, Harris was convicted again on three charges from two years earlier: the aforementioned being a habitual felon and possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance in Richmond County; and failing to register as a sex offender in Guilford County.

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