Vehicle seized under ‘Run and You’re Done’

Published 8:35 pm Monday, January 6, 2014

Gemean Moore

Gemean Moore


An attempted traffic stop resulted in the seizure of a vehicle under North Carolina’s “Run and You’re Done” law. It’s the second time in two weeks that the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office has had suspects flee from deputies.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, around 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2014, Deputy David Tyson saw a vehicle being driven with no working taillights near the intersection of N.C. Highway 33 and Fifth Street in Aurora. Tyson pulled the driver over, but before the officer could approach the vehicle, the driver sped off, and Tyson gave chase — first by vehicle, then on foot when the man ditched the car at South Seventh Street, said the release.

Once the car was seized under “Run and You’re Done,” a search revealed marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Tyson arrested the vehicle’s driver, Gemean Tiyoung Moore, 34, of Bonnerton Road in Edward. Moore was charged with felony flee to elude arrest, failure to heed blue light and siren, driving while license revoked, resisting a public officer, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, fictitious tags, no insurance and failure to burn rear lamps. Moore was held at the Beaufort County Detention Center on a $4,000 secured bond.

The “Run and You’re Done” law was enacted in December 2011 to discourage drivers from attempting to elude law enforcement. In 2010, over 2,100 people were issued citations for felony speeding to elude in North Carolina, putting lives at risk during the high-speed incidents.

On Dec. 28, the vehicle driven by James Alonzo Byrd was seized when he failed to stop for the flashing blue lights on U.S. Highway 264 West, near Washington. Byrd was charged with felony flee to elude and driving while impaired, among other traffic-related charges.

According to Maj. Kenneth Watson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, a total of 49 vehicles were seized in 2012. If the owners of the vehicles are convicted of the felony flee to elude charge, the vehicles are sold at auction with proceeds going to the local school system.