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N.C. man faces multiple charges following chase

A 43-year-old Durham, N.C. man was charged with two felonies, five misdemeanors and received a speeding ticket following a traffic stop in Halifax Thursday morning.

According to Acting Police Chief D. D. Irby, Halifax Police Officer W. R. Wilmoth initiated a traffic stop of Kenneth W. Mack Sr. in front of Pino’s Pizza on Main Street in Halifax.

Mack was stopped for speeding in a 25 mile per hour zone a little after midnight Thursday, Irby said.

After discovering drug paraphernalia and having probable cause to believe that Mack was driving under the influence of drugs, Wilmoth placed Mack under arrest, Irby said.  

As Wilmoth and Halifax Police Cpl. S. M. Comer were attempting to cuff Mack, the suspect broke free from the officers and ran. 

After a short foot chase, officers apprehended Mack, Irby said.

Based on Wilmoth’s investigation and the events that transpired during the traffic stop, Wilmoth charged Mack with two counts of felonious assault on a police officer, one count of misdemeanor resisting arrest, one count of misdemeanor escaping custody by force, one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of destruction of government property involving a tazer belonging to the Town of Halifax Police Department, one count of misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and one count of speeding in a 25 mph zone.

 Halifax Town Officers were assisted by officers from South Boston Police Department and by deputies from the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Irby said.  

Officers Wilmoth and Comer received minor injuries during the apprehension of Mack and were treated and released at Halifax Regional Hospital, according to the acting police chief.    

Mack also was treated for minor injuries before being transported to Blue Ridge Regional Jail, Irby said.  

Mack is being held without bond.

In other police reports:

Halifax authorities are investigating a hit and run that occurred in Attorney Joel Cunningham’s parking lot off Edmunds Boulevard.

 According to Acting Police Chief Irby, the hit and run incident was reported Thursday afternoon after a 1995 Oldsmobile registered to Rita Davis of Petersburg was sideswiped on the driver’s side while parked in the lot.   

The rear driver side door was heavily dented and scratched, Irby said.   

Irby reported damage to the Oldsmobile at $800. 

Davis reported to authorities the suspect vehicle might have been grey or silver in color.

Anyone with information regarding the hit and run incident is asked to contact the Town of Halifax Police Department at 476-2526 or call the Halifax County Crime Line at 476-8445.   

A reward will be offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.