Juveniles charged after wreck


From staff reports

Friday, May 4, 2018

Two juveniles are in police custody and a Currituck woman is facing criminal charges after she wrecked a vehicle in Coinjock the juveniles are accused of stealing in Elizabeth City.

According to a published report, Savannah Spruill, 20, of Grandy, was arrested Wednesday after the 2005 Acura she was driving flipped over into the driveway of Muddy Motorsports Park following a chase with the N.C. Highway Patrol. Spruill had been driving 150 mph north on U.S. Highway 158 prior to the wreck, the patrol told the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va.

Spruill was charged with speeding, driving without a license, improper passing, careless and reckless driving and felony speeding to elude arrest, the patrol told the newspaper.

Attempts to obtain further information from the patrol on Friday were unsuccessful.

In the Acura with Spruill were four other people, including two juveniles wanted in Elizabeth City for stealing the Acura the day before, Lt. Latoya Flanigan, a spokeswoman with the Elizabeth City Police Department, said Friday.

An Elizabeth City woman Flanigan identified as Erica Sutton reported the vehicle stolen on Tuesday.

According to Flanigan, Sutton, 18, of the 100 block of Prince Circle, initially told police that two people had jumped into the back seat of her Acura while she was parked at Charles Creek Park. Sutton claimed the two people then forced her to drive a short distance before allowing her to get out of the vehicle.

As the two people made off with her car, Sutton said she ran toward Massachusetts Avenue and contacted law enforcement, Flanigan said. 

It turns out, however, Sutton’s story to police about how her car came to be stolen was fabricated. 

According to Flanigan, police soon learned that Sutton and her friend, Jarius Holley, also 18, of 1300 block of U.S. Highway 17 South, had arranged to meet two juveniles to purchase a handgun.

When the four people met, the juveniles got into Sutton’s car with her and Holley and directed Sutton to drive to an alley near Riverside Avenue, Flanigan said. The juveniles then pulled out handguns and demanded money from both Sutton and Holley before taking off with Sutton’s vehicle.

Following his arrest on Wednesday, one of the juveniles has been charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and robbery with a dangerous weapon, Flanigan said. He is currently being held at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a $40,000 secured bond.

The other juvenile has juvenile petitions pending that accuse him of delinquency by a juvenile, larceny and possession of a stolen vehicle, Flanigan said.