Car chase leads to arrest of repeat criminal, new drug and impaired driving charges

NASH COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A man with several prior criminal charges is behind bars again after a sheriff says he was driving recklessly in a store’s parking lot.

It all happened around 8:30 Saturday night, according to Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone.

Stone says he saw Darius High, 44, recklessly driving a Toyota Camry in the parking lot of TJ Maxx in Rocky Mount, almost hitting a person walking through the lot.

High has a total of 64 charges on his record, dating back to 1994. including multiple drug and violent crime offenses.

When the sheriff tried to perform a vehicle stop on Highway 301 South, High drove away.

Lights and sirens cued a Chevrolet SUV to merge over near May Drive on the highway.

High hit that SUV as it was merging over to the shoulder, causing his vehicle to swerve across the median.

High then tried to run away from law enforcement, but was taken into custody by Sheriff Stone and to UNC Nash Hospital to be medically cleared.

He was charged by the North Carolina Highway Patrol for driving while impaired, and by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office for felony fleeing to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving, possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

High also had an outstanding warrant from Edgecombe County for larceny of a motor vehicle.

He is being held at the Nash County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond for the Nash County charges, and a $10,000 bond for the outstanding warrant in Edgecombe County.

His first appearance in court is scheduled for Monday.

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