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A man charged in a domestic assault early this morning also faces drug counts after an investigation by the Roanoke Rapids Police Department.

The investigation which led to the arrest of 24-year-old Dashawn Harris began when Sergeant J. Horne responded to an open 911 call originating in the 300 block of Chockoyotte Street, according to Chief Bobby Martin. The call came in around 12:45.

Horne advised he could hear screaming on the other end of the line. Officers were told an assault occurred and that Harris was attempting to leave the area.

Horne observed a vehicle matching the description of the one Harris was driving at a high rate of speed.

A chase ensued and Harris initially refused to stop. The chase ended in the area of Marlbrook Drive where Harris surrendered.

Harris was taken into custody for failing to stop for blue lights and siren.

Further investigation confirmed that Harris was reputedly involved in an assault on a female in which the victim sustained lacerations to her face as well as other injuries which required treatment. The victim has since been released, Martin said.

Meanwhile, as Horne continued the chase investigation he discovered drugs in the vehicle — 7.6 grams and 1.5 grams of cocaine, 4 grams of crystal meth, 12 dosage units of Oxycodone pills, and 4.5 grams of marijuana along with open containers of beer.

Harris, of Roanoke Rapids, faces the following counts:  Break or enter to terrorize; assault on a female; assault inflicting serious injury; assault by strangulation; operate a vehicle while fleeing to elude; fail to heed lights and siren; speeding; fail to stop at stop sign; possess or consume alcohol in the passenger area not in its original container; possession with intent to sell cocaine; possession of schedule II controlled substance; possession of schedule VI; possession of drug paraphernalia; and driving while license revoked. 

Harris was jailed without the opportunity for bond due to the domestic nature of the case. He has a May 26 court date.

Lieutenant A. Salmon, officers T. Acree and C. Majette, and Master Officer A. Bradley assisted.