Driver Who Fled From Deputies Charged With Murder Of Unborn Child

A 26 year-old Rocky Mount man who fled from Nash County deputies earlier this month has been arrested on multiple charges. On Jan. 9th, members of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division said they observed James Dylan Harris operating a tan GMC Yukon in the area of Jeffrey’s Road in Rocky Mount. The SUV turned into the Circle K convenience store.

Detectives knew that Harris had several outstanding felony warrants for his arrest. The SUV left the Circle K parking lot and traveled on Highway 301, at which time detectives attempted to stop the vehicle. While traveling at a high rate of speed, Harris crossed the median and began traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 301.

The pursuit worked it way to Jeffrey’s Road where officers said Harris was traveling up to 95mph in 35mph and 45mph speed zones. Due to the suspect speeding, driving recklessly and running several stoplights to avoid law enforcement, deputies called off the chase.

As officers canvassed the area attempting to relocate the vehicle, a detective noticed Harris’ SUV attempting to make a u-turn but instead collided with a tree on Jeffrey’s Road.
Harris and two passengers, Ashley Howell and Tyler Newton, were transported to area hospitals.  Howell was 30-weeks pregnant and underwent emergency surgery at Vidant Hospital in Greenville. Authorities said Howell’s female newborn child succumbed to the injuries she sustained as a result of the collision with the tree.  Howell is still hospitalized at Vidant for medical treatment.

James Dylan Harris faces numerous charges including murder of an unborn child, reckless driving, driving while impaired, felony fleeing to elude arrest, felony serious injury by a motor vehicle, communicating threats, and assault on an individual with a disability. He was also charged with several warrants including failure to appear charges.  Harris was booked into the Nash County Jail on a $646,000 secured bond.