A woman with four children in her car allegedly tried to flee from a deputy during a traffic stop on Friday.
A deputy with the Moore County Sheriff’s Department “attempted to initiate a traffic stop for multiple violations in the Southern Pines area,” said Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields in a news advisory.
“The driver failed to stop and a brief chase ensued,” said Fields. “Officers from the Southern Pines Police Department and Aberdeen Police Department assisted in safely stopping the vehicle without incident. The driver was identified as 25-year-old Valiyah Kelly. Inside the vehicle, Deputies also identified four children under the age of 10, none of which were in child safety seats or wearing seat belts.”
Kelly, 25, of Southern Pines, was arrested and placed at the Moore County Detention Center under a $12,000 secured bond.
She is facing charges of four counts of misdemeanor child abuse, two counts of failing to secure passenger under 16, two counts child not in rear seat, two counts of assault on a government official, two counts of resisting public officer, one count of misdemeanor fleeing to elude arrest, one count of failing to heed to lights/siren, one count of reckless driving, and one count of improper passing on the right.
The suspect is expected in court on Jan. 11 and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.