Woman Going To Prison After Leading Officers On Drug & Alcohol-Induced Chase

A woman will spend at least the next six and a half years in state prison after admitting to leading police on a chase that nearly hit multiple officers.

Rose Marie Burgess of Morehead City pleaded guilty in Craven County Superior Court to six counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, fleeing to elude arrest, DWI, driving while license revoked, three counts of injury to personal property, and admitting to being a habitual felon.

District Attorney Scott Thomas say last December 27th the woman led Trent Woods police on the chase. During the pursuit, Thomas says the woman repeatedly drove her vehicle toward officers, one who fired four shots at her vehicle. The woman's vehicle ran over stop sticks put down by officers, but she continued to drive on a flat tire, nearly hitting three other officers.

After crashing her vehicle in a ditch, officers had to use a Taser on Burgess to subdue her.

Thomas says the 37-year-old woman admitted she had taken cocaine, Xanax, and alcohol.

A judge sentenced Burgess to serve between 6-1/2 to 8-1/2 years in prison, and undergo substance abuse treatment in prison. The woman's driver's license will also be permanently revoked with the convictions.


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