Drug ‘drive-off’ leads to arrest of Smithfield couple

Published 1:53 pm Monday, November 17, 2008

A Smithfield couple was arrested last week after a brief but unusual police pursuit in the Smithfield Heights neighborhood.

According to Sgt. M.R. Kitchen of the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office, investigators were responding to complaints of possible drug activity Thursday afternoon when they discovered a suspicious vehicle parked on Melissa Drive.

When officers approached the vehicle, the driver, Dasean R. Davis, allegedly refused to show his hands or roll the window down. Meanwhile, the passenger, Jametra Croker, exited the passenger side and allegedly became belligerent with the officers.

Officers then allegedly noticed a small child in the rear seat and a large baggie of cocaine on the floorboard. When Kitchen attempted to open the driver’s door, Davis allegedly sped off, ripping the handle of the door from the vehicle.

According to Kitchen, Davis sped through the yards of several residences while three deputies pursued on foot. Davis allegedly spun the vehicle around, bringing the automobile face to face with officers T.W. Glaser, Kitchen and Deputy D. Mason. Davis then exited the vehicle, beginning a brief foot pursuit, said Kitchen, adding that officers were able to quickly subdue and arrest Davis.

“It wasn’t a pleasant feeling, squaring off with a 4,000-pound vehicle,” Kitchen said.

“Of course, our main concern was the safety of the 8-month-old child.”

The baby was taken from the vehicle and turned over to a grandmother.

More cocaine was discovered in the center console of the car during a police search, Kitchen said.

Davis, 24, of the 14000 block of Melissa Drive, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, felony child neglect and reckless driving as well as endangering life, limb and property. He was taken to Western Tidewater Regional Jail on no bond.

Croker, 22, was charged with disorderly conduct and released pending trial.