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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) – A Fayetteville woman has become one of the first in North Carolina to be prosecuted under a law that allows police to seize the vehicles of those who run from officers.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that 20-year-old Devaney Alexa Ballard was stopped by a Southern Pines officer last weekend.

Police seized her car under the “Run and You’re Done” law that allows officers to seize and sell the vehicles.

The Moore County district attorney says Ballard’s car is the first to be seized in that county. The vehicle can be sold if Ballard is convicted.

Rep. Phil Shepard of Onslow County co-sponsored the law and says it’s designed to let criminals know they will pay a big price if they run from police.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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