TARBORO, N.C. (WNCN) – A woman who was on the way to pick up her husband from the Edgecombe County Detention Center ended up behind bar after the sheriff said she bit a deputy while swallowing drugs.
On Sunday around 1 p.m., the North Carolina State Highway Patrol began to chase a vehicle driven by Rebecca Carter.
The chase ended at the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office as Carter said she was on the way to pick up her husband – who had recently been released from the county jail.
Carter was put in the front seat of Trooper Howald’s vehicle after marijuana was found in her vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.
Deputy Colbert saw Carter put a small plastic bag in her mouth containing what the sheriff’s office said was crack cocaine.
Colbert tried to prevent Carter from swallowing the bag by squeezing her cheeks.
The sheriff’s office said Carter turned her head and bit the deputy on the thumb hard enough to cause bleeding.
Colbert was taken to the hospital for treatment of the bite.
Cocaine, marijuana, and multiple drug paraphernalia items were found in Carter’s vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.
At the detention center, cocaine was found under Carter’s waistband. She also admitted to deputies that she swallowed cocaine, the sheriff’s office said.
She was charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and assault on a government official.
The highway patrol also charged her for traffic offenses.