POLICE: Chase Ends With DWI Arrest

A police chase this weekend has landed a Beaufort woman in trouble with the law.

Morehead City police say they tried to stop a car speeding down Broad Street Saturday night. Police say when they activated their lights and siren the car sped up to about 60 miles per hour. Officers say the car ran a red light and eventually pulled into a driveway on Cedar Street.

Police say Darleen Riggs and a 20-year-old passenger were both drunk. The 48-year-old woman's blood alcohol level was .22, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Riggs has been charged with DWI, careless and reckless driving, speeding to elude arrest, open container of alcohol, running a red light, and giving alcohol to someone less than 21 years of age.

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  • by Cletus Location: New Bern on May 12, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    Well, you can kiss that driver's license goodbye. The just plain ignorance or rather self-centered non-caring attitudes of some people. What if she had hit and killed your loved one when she ran the light? I know I am going to get some flak from the bleeding hearts out there but I have no time or sympathy for a drunk and especially one driving on the road.
  • by Buford Location: New Bern on May 11, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    Cedar Street and Broad Street are in Beaufort. Was she chased from Morehead City to Beaufort? Why were the Beaufort police not mentioned? A "good ol boy" lawyer will use this to get the case dismissed. Get the facts straight.
  • by Officer Location: Pitt County on May 11, 2009 at 03:25 PM
    Yes, it is a shame that she'll most likely just get a slap on the wrist. Of course if it was in Pitt County it would get dismissed by the liberal judges we have in office. I have arrested over a dozen drunk drivers this year and not a single one got any jail time. It also shouldn't be a surprise that most DWI in this county blow between a .14 and a .22 the majority of the time. The sad news is these people will continue killing and injuring your friends and family if we keep electing liberal judges and governors in NC. Probably 90% of these offenders get nothing but a fine, a year's unsupervised probation, and a restriction on their driver's license saying they can't blow above a .04. Cops can't catch all of them. It's up to the citizens to take a stand and elect the right people. Unlike Bev Perdue who is cutting law enforcement jobs and salaries.
  • by Rob Location: Gvegas on May 11, 2009 at 02:08 PM
    I agree, habitual dwi offenders don't need a license to drive. I've heard how some can even get the charges dropped b/c they know the system well enough that if the arresting officer messes up in procedures it gets dimissed.
  • by buddy Location: wallace on May 11, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    to SAM, under the current law if a person is charged for felony death by vehicle[dwi] if they were impaired they most likely do between 15-31 months in prison.beginning 12-01-2009 it now moves up to 197 months in prison.about 16 yrs. unless they have prior records most will not pull much time. it seems that the drunken driver has a wreck and kills some innocent person[s] comes out without a scratch on them and instead of taking their medicine the first thing they do is try to get out of it or lesson their suffering in jail or prison.also i find even when people loose their license they still drive,risking it for more innocent people.the only thing we can do is get our law makers to get even strictor sentences for these people that drive drunk.maybe a sign on them standing out near their home that they were convicted of dwi.maybe have to write a check for $1 every week to their victims family in the victims name for 5 years.each week they would remember that.thank u sam for your thoughts
  • by Ness Location: New Bern on May 11, 2009 at 11:17 AM
    I'm surprise (from reading the comments) that she could only have them revoke for that small amount of time. What is it gonna take? Until someone's life is at hand?
  • by Bill Location: Emerald Ilse on May 11, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    Its carteret county, some defense attorney will get her off by continuing the case for another year or two.
  • by Justine Location: Down East on May 11, 2009 at 09:51 AM
    bad girls bad girls what u gonna do what u gonna do when they come for you
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on May 11, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    6 different charges should tell you something right there. She should have her liscense revoked for a very long time. She made a major mistake right there. Most likely she will have it revoked for 30 days and she will be back on the roads. It's a surprise she did not kill anybody, cause if she did, then she would spend a long-term prison sentence. If she had any kids, then I would hate it for them. It would be embarrasing for your kids to know that you would have all these charges after what may have been taught before.
  • by Amanda on May 11, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    She should have her license revoked for life. What a moron.

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