SELMA – Selma and Smithfield Police had to deal with a large crowd of people after a brief chase through the Selma city limits, including an attempt by some bystanders to place a voodoo magic spell on the arresting officers.
It started at 6:59pm last Wednesday, October 28th on E. Lizzie Street. Police saw a car fail to stop for a stop sign as it left the Redwood apartments. Police attempted to pull the driver over but she failed to stop and accelerated. The chase turned onto E. Oak Street and N. Webb Street reaching speeds of 45mph in a 25mph zone. During the pursuit, marijuana was allegedly tossed out the passenger window of the fleeing car.
The driver returned to the Redwood apartments and pulled to the back of the complex before stopping. Police took Brittany Michelle Jackson, 24, of Susan Tart Road, Dunn, and the passenger, Kimothy Devon White, 28, of Wait Avenue, Wake Forest into custody. Jackson was reportedly belligerent and yelling at officers.
A crowd of approximately 60 people began gathering around police creating an officer safety issue. Bystanders then began surrounding police and their patrol cars. Some of them began pouring salt around the patrol vehicles. When asked by officers why they were pouring salt, the bystanders told them it was voodoo magic.
Police said they recovered 15.3 grams of marijuana allegedly tossed from the vehicle during the brief pursuit.
Jackson was charged with possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and fleeing to elude arrest. She was held on a $50,000 bond. Her 2014 Ford was impounded. Police also seized $696 in cash.
White was charged with possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver marijuana, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and littering. His bond was set at $300,000.