Erratic driving flags fugitive

Published 9:15pm Wednesday, January 16, 2013

An erratic driver that caught the attention of a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigator turned up a man wanted for robbery in Virginia, according to a press release from the agency.
On Jan. 10, sheriff’s office investigator Jim Adams was driving east on John Small Avenue when he noticed a car with expired Maryland tags weaving in and out of traffic, said Maj. Kenneth Watson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office. Adams called in an inquiry on the plates then approached the driver after the car had turned into and parked at the Beaufort County Community College campus, according to the press release.
“(The driver) got out of the vehicle and was walking with his bag when the investigator made contact with him,” Watson said.
Adams learned the driver, Christopher Artis Rich, 31, of County Home Road, Winterville, was a wanted fugitive in Henrico County, Va. Rich was taken into custody, and the bag he was carrying, searched. Adams found a sic inch, fixed-blade knife in the bag, said the release.
Rich was charged with possession of a weapon on a school campus and no operators license. He was also served a fugitive warrant and confined at the Beaufort County jail without bond, awaiting extradition to Virginia.

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