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Suspect who led officers on chase arrested

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Travis Searcy

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By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Thursday, September 19, 2019

HERTFORD — Perquimans County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man who led them on a foot chase in Hertford Wednesday that injured two law enforcement officers and prompted the lockdown of two county schools.

Hertford police Chief Dennis Brown said Travis Searcy, 28, was arrested Thursday in the Holiday Island area in Perquimans.

Chief Deputy Tom Reid said the sheriff’s office received calls from citizens who reported seeing a man who looked like Searcy on Holiday Island Road. Every time a car drove by, the man would duck down, Reid said.

When deputies confronted the man, he ran, Reid said. Deputies eventually tracked him to an abandoned camper in Section P of Holiday Island where they arrested him.

The man, who turned out to be Searcy, was charged with a number of offenses, including assault on a law enforcement officer; resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer; burglary; and violating probation. He was jailed in lieu of a $200,500 secured bond.

Searcy’s arrest came a day after he allegedly ran from officers responding to a report about a fight at an apartment complex on Stokes Drive.

Responding officers saw a suspect run into a wooded area between the apartment complex and Perquimans County High School. As a precaution, the school was placed on a full lockdown. Earlier, the high school, along with Hertford Grammar School, had been placed on a modified lockdown following a report of gunshots, also near the high school.

After law enforcement officers began chasing the man, police say two of them were injured and had to be treated at Vidant Chowan Hospital in Edenton.

One of the officers, a sheriff’s deputy, suffered a shoulder injury but was back at work on Thursday, according to officials. The other injured officer, a Hertford policeman, was also released from the hospital but has not yet returned to duty. Brown did not detail the nature of the officer’s injury.

While only Hertford Grammar School and Perquimans County High School were ever locked down on Wednesday, Perquimans County Schools officials clarified Thursday that all four of the district’s schools didn’t release students until about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Michelle Maddox, the district’s spokeswoman, said students at Perquimans Central and Perquimans Middle schools were also held at school because their buses had to travel through the area of Hertford where law enforcement officials were conducting their search.

According to court records, Searcy has been arrested at least seven times since 2007. The charges range from breaking and entering to driving while his license was revoked. All but one of the arrests happened in Perquimans County.

Searcy was arrested in Pasquotank County in 2018 and charged with possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance. That is the lowest schedule of six schedules, and includes marijuana.

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