BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Criminals who run from flashing lights face more punishment than just spending time behind bars.
The “Run and You’re Done” law that went into effect in December, allows law enforcement to seize chase vehicles and sell them at auctions. All the money goes to the county school board.
“If we can use that as a deterrent to keep people from running, I think it can assist law enforcement in general,” New Hanover Co. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said.
Just last week the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office chased a car outside Shallotte. They say when people hear about the “Run and You’re Done” law, they are probably less inclined to drive off.
“Because of the risk that they impose to the public by going down the road at a high rate of speed, they could have hurt someone very, very bad,” Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s spokesman Del Routh said. “It causes law enforcement… it puts their life at risk also. So just by merely putting them behind bars, whoever created this has decided it’s just not enough.”
The vehicle from last week’s chase in Shallotte is just one of the four vehicles confiscated in Brunswick County under this new law. The law has been used in New Hanover County 10 times, Columbus County seven times and Pender County twice.
Law enforcement says it’s a great asset to have at their disposal.
“The point will get out that this is what’s going to happen, and maybe that will stop some of this,” Routh said.
That chase in Brunswick County last week started after police say the suspect dropped off a child at a hospital who later died. Shallotte Police say they still do not have results from the autopsy for the little boy.