HAMLET — A woman was locked up twice in one day after police say she sped off, leading them on a chase after a domestic dispute.
Hamlet police say officers responded to a Friday domestic call on High Street regarding a verbal altercation between April Rush and Bernard McMillian. Police say McMillian tried leave so they could both “cool off” but had to soon stop because two tires on his truck had been slashed.
Rush then grabbed a tire tool from another vehicle and, despite officers telling her to go home, proceeded to damage the truck, according to police.
She was arrested and charged with obstructing, resisting or delaying an officer and jailed under a $1,000 secured bond.
Police say Rush soon made bail and went to the Hamlet Police Department to get an officer to go back with her to the home to get some of her belongings. She “advised that she was going to cause trouble when she returned to the residence,” interim Police Chief Rodney Tucker said in a release, and officers told her not to go back if that’s what she planned to do.
Rush was told to leave the department “due to her behavior” and was threatened with arrest for disorderly conduct. Police say she then left.
Soon after, police returned to the High Street address because the couple’s argument had once again flared up.
When officers drove up, they say Rush was leaving. Police say McMillian told them she had done more damage to the truck.
Officers say they attempted to stop Rush, but she kept driving, reaching speeds of 60 mph in a 35 mph zone.
Rush was arrested for a second time, after she stopped on Daniels Street in Dobbins Heights.
This time, she was charged with a felony count of fleeing to elude arrest in addition to charges of driving while license revoked, not wearing a seat belt and for not having insurance or registration and jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.
Court records show Rush currently has two pending charges of driving while license revoked, one in Richmond County, another in Montgomery County.
According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Rush has misdemeanor convictions of shoplifting and passing worthless checks in Scotland County.
Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.