DUNN, N.C. (WNCN) — A woman was arrested on drug charges after she fled Harnett County deputies and triggered a crash that injured a child and mother in another car Sunday, deputies say.
The incident began Sunday afternoon when a traffic stop was made at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Broad Street in Dunn, according to a news release from the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.
While deputies were speaking with the driver, Simoneka Lashay Neal, 28, she sped off in a Range Rover and deputies began to chase her, the news release said.
During the chase, Neal ran a red light at the intersection of Clinton Avenue and Cumberland Street, deputies said.
Her Range Rover crashed into a car with a mother and her child inside, according to deputies.
The car with the mom and child then smashed into a pickup truck, the news release said.
“After the initial crash, the suspect’s vehicle struck a power pole before crashing near a church,” deputies said in the news release.
The woman and child who were in a car were injured and taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said.
Deputies said they found 3 kilograms of cocaine with a tax value of $600,000 in Neal’s Range Rover.
Neal, of Homestead, Florida, was charged with three counts of trafficking cocaine, felony maintaining a vehicle, and felony speed to elude and she was written a citation for an unsafe movement, according to the news release.
Neal was held in the Harnett County Jail on a $1.5 million bond.
The injured mother and child were later released from hospital care, deputies said.