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RCSO: Passenger in pursuit had meth under seat; driver still on the run

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ROCKINGHAM — A passenger in a speeding car is charged with meth possession after a deputy was reportedly led on a chase.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, a patrol deputy was using stationary radar Wednesday when he clocked a Dodge Charger at 80 mph — in a 35 mph zone — on Airport Road.

The deputy reportedly tried to catch up to the vehicle and when he got close and turned on his lights and siren, the driver of the Charger reportedly sped up.

The Charger reportedly turned down a few other roads and the deputy stopped the pursuit because of the speeds.

As the deputy was driving down the last road he had seen the car, he noticed the Charger had spun out and blown tires, according to the sheriff’s office. The deputy then approached the car and the driver reportedly took off toward the deputy, almost hitting the patrol car.

The deputy then turned around to follow and found the Charger stopped in the road, the sheriff’s office reports. While the driver reportedly jumped out and ran, the deputy secured the three passengers in the vehicle: two juveniles and 33-year-old Corey Wayne DeBerry, of Rockingham.

Corey DeBerry

An unspecified amount of meth was allegedly found under the seat where DeBerry was sitting and he was charged with a single felony count of possession of methamphetamine.

DeBerry was booked into the Richmond County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond, but appears to have been released as of Thursday afternoon. He is scheduled to appear in court April 5.

The sheriff’s office is still trying to locate the car’s driver.

DeBerry was previously convicted in 2020 on two counts of attempted obtaining property by false pretenses, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

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

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