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The Roanoke Rapids Police Department reported the following, according to Chief Bobby Martin:

Wednesday shortly before 4:30 a.m., Lieutenant M. Moseley was behind the police department when he heard what sounded like a collision. 

Moseley noticed a driver in a red vehicle heading east on Tenth Street at a slow speed. 

Master Officer J. Benthall confirmed the vehicle collided with a speed limit and handicap sign.

Moseley stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Twelfth Street.

He noticed the driver toss items out the window and identified them as two yellow straws and a snuff tin with a folded lottery ticket containing a white powdery substance believed to be fentanyl. 

The driver was asked to exit the vehicle and placed under arrest. As she was exiting the vehicle Moseley observed the driver was drowsy and had trouble keeping her eyes open. The passenger had the same appearance.The passenger was asked to step out of the car and a spoon, bottle cap with white residue in it and needles were found in his possession.

The driver was identified as Amy Tharrington, 40, from the Gaston area, and the passenger was identified as Bryan Herring, 38, from the Roanoke Rapids area. 

The two were arrested and carried before a magistrate. 

Tharrington was charged with possession of schedule I and driving while impaired. She was placed under a $2,000 bond with a September 4 court date. 

Herring was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and placed under a $1,500 bond with an August 30 court date.


Tuesday shortly before 1 p.m., Officer D. Newsome responded to the area of Highway 158 and Cardinal Drive on a call involving a careless and reckless driver. 

The driver, according to witnesses, almost hit several vehicles and appeared to be nodding off. Newsome spotted the vehicle and turned around to conduct a traffic stop. 

The driver continued to swerve as Newsome attempted the stop. The driver stopped at Highway 158 and Chockoyotte Street.

In his encounter with the driver, Newsome noticed she continued to nod off and had slurred speech. 

The driver, Dawn Tripp 34, of Roanoke Rapids, was known by Newsome to be an unlicensed driver.

An eyeglass case was recovered and contained a white powdery substance believed to be fentanyl, along with two straws. 

Tripp was placed under arrest and carried before a magistrate. 

She faces charges of driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, driving left of center, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She received a $1,000 bond and August 26 court date.

Sergeant J. Hardy, C. Babb and Master Officer M. Hunsucker assisted.


Wednesday shortly before 1:15 a.m., Officer J. Shelburne was patrolling the 1000 block of Roanoke Avenue when he encountered a driver traveling above the posted speed limit. 

The officer stopped the vehicle on Jackson Street near Carolina Inn.

The driver appeared confused and couldn’t produce his license.

Shelburne noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. 

The officer determined the driver was impaired and took him into custody.

Shelburne observed several open containers of beer.

Kenneth Patterson, 28, of Conway, was carried to the police department for further investigation and was formally charged with driving while impaired and speeding.

He was placed under $500 bond and received a September 9 court date.

Corporal R. Cross and officers J. Wind and C. Batchelor assisted.