BENSON, N.C. (WNCN) – A Cary man was arrested Sunday morning after speeding off during a traffic stop and knocking over a female Benson Police officer before crashing his car into a building and running from the scene on foot.
According to Benson Police, the incident occurred at approximately 2:40 a.m. Sunday after the officer initiated a traffic stop for a registration violation near the intersection of East Main Street and North Elm Street. After she approached the vehicle and attempted to make contact with the driver, the suspect suddenly took off, knocking her to ground, police said.
The officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle, and observed it lose control as it attempted to turn north onto North Lee Street, where it struck a building and stopped. After the wreck the driver ran from the passenger side of the vehicle and, after a short foot chase, was caught and taken into custody.
During the investigation, authorities learned that the driver, identified as Christopher Jason McNeill, 36, had outstanding felony warrants from the Cary Police Department for breaking and entering, larceny, and obtaining property by false pretenses.
A number of items of potentially stolen property were recovered from the vehicle as well as a room that had been rented at a Days Inn in Benson.
McNeill’s girlfriend, identified as Kirsten Danielle Larosa, along with a young child, was found at the motel. Larosa was taken into custody on outstanding felony warrants from Cary Police for two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny, and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses.
The child was turned over to family members after the two were taken into custody.
Charges filed against McNeill by the Benson Police Department were felonious assault on a law enforcement officer causing physical injury, felony possession of stolen goods, resisting a public officer, misdemeanor fleeing to elude, carrying a concealed weapon, driving with expired registration, fictitious tags, speeding, hit and run, careless and reckless driving, and failure to stop at a stop sign.
He was placed in the Johnston County Jail under a $180,000 secured bond for both the Cary and Benson charges.
Charges filed against Kirsten Larosa by the Benson Police Department were felony possession of stolen goods, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor child abuse. She was admitted to a local hospital for treatment for an unrelated condition, and warrants for these charges, as well as the Cary Police Department charges will be formally served, upon her release.
Benson Police Chief Kenneth Edwards said, “During our investigation, we located numerous items of property, to include both jewelry and electronics, and we are working with multiple law enforcement agencies in Wake County to identify and notify possible owners.”