Crime

N.C. inmate escapes after deputy stops at Bojangles’

Colette Sorine
Colette Sorine MECKLENBURG COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

An inmate being transported between the Mecklenburg and Currituck County jails was found in a room at the Econo Lodge after escaping in Burlington on Wednesday when the deputy driving her stopped for a break at Bojangles’.

She sustained minor injuries after kicking out the window of a Burlington patrol car upon being apprehended.

According to the Burlington Police Department, officers were contacted Wednesday afternoon by a Currituck County deputy who was transporting Colette Sorine Vanderbilt, 22, from the Mecklenburg County jail.

The female deputy stopped at Bojangles’ on Maple Avenue, and when she opened the door of the vehicle to let Vanderbilt out, Vanderbilt jumped out and “took off running,” said Sgt. Sammy Epps of the Burlington Police Department.

The deputy caught her, but Vanderbilt managed to get away again without being caught.

With a description of the inmate, Burlington police set up a perimeter in the area and detectives “just started talking to random people in the area,” Epps said.

Vanderbilt wasn’t being transported in a uniform, but was wearing black pants and a pink shirt.

Investigators spoke with someone who said a woman matching Vanderbilt’s description got into a car with some other people and went to the nearby Econo Lodge on Hanford Road.

Police located Vanderbilt in a hotel room with a few others, one of whom was also arrested for allegedly “trying to keep (officers) from arresting her,” Epps said.

Lucas Aaron Harvey, 16, who lives at the hotel, was charged with resist, delay and obstruct for interfering with the arrest of Vanderbilt.

“They had just met her,” Epps said. “I don’t know what the story was behind what she told them to make them help her.”

Vanderbilt was taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center for treatment of lacerations she sustained while kicking out the patrol car window.

She was then released back to the custody of the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office.

Eventually, she will be brought back to Alamance County for charges filed against her there, including felony escape, assault on a law enforcement officer and resist delay and obstruct.

Epps said authorities in Mecklenburg County had also located Vanderbilt in a motel and served Currituck County’s outstanding warrants for charges that included breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia, resist delay obstruct and felony possession of stolen goods.

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