Passenger Can’t Run From Police Because of Child Car Safety Locks
A pizza delivery driver was arrested after reportedly attempting to outrun police with his 6 month old baby and wife in his car.
Around 8:45 Saturday morning, a Selma police officer spotted the driver of a blue Chrysler not wearing his seat belt. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle on US301 North but the driver sped away on Anderson Street then Raiford Street before eventually making it back to US 301 and stopping in the parking lot of the Lighthouse Food Mart.
The driver attempted to run away but stopped when the officer drew his handgun and gave orders for him to stop. Additional officers arrived on the scene and detained a male and female passenger.
Police discovered the driver’s 6 month old baby in the back seat of the car. Approximately 12 grams of marijuana was also found in the vehicle.
Justin Daniel Hamlet, 21, of the 3500 block of Brown’s Pond Road, Selma, identified as the driver, allegedly told police all the marijuana in the vehicle belonged to the back seat passenger, Jamie Ray Holmes, 23, of the 1700 block of Old Batten Road, Selma. Holmes denied the marijuana was his, reportedly telling Hamlet, “You’re full of sh*t…. I will head butt your a**.”
The men started to become unruly so police separated them.
Holmes reportedly told police he had recently been released from prison and lost his job and was selling marijuana to put food on his table. Holmes told police he saw the blue lights during the pursuit and allegedly asked Hamlet to let him out of the car but could not run because the child safety locks were activated on the passenger doors.
Hamlet allegedly told officers he tried to outrun police because he was scared and didn’t want to go to prison. After being told about his criminal charges and that his vehicle would be seized police said Hamlet began crying and vomiting.
Hamlet’s wife was also in the vehicle but she was not charged. She was released from the scene with the 6 month old baby.
Police said they also found 8 knives and 1 machete in the car.
Justin Hamlet was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, felony fleeing to elude arrest, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, reckless driving, exceeding the posted speed limit and a seat belt violation. Bail was set at $50,000.
Jamie Holmes was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Bail was set at $12,000.
Police impounded the Chrysler that Hamlet was reported driving at the time of the pursuit.