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Mom's bond boosted for high-speed chase charge

Posted February 9, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— A Wake County judge increased the bond Monday for a mother accused of leading police and sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase with her toddler in the car.

April Pleasants, mom in high-speed chase Mom in jail after high-speed police chase

Police said April Rene Pleasants, 27, of Durham, tried to avoid a driver's license checkpoint on Wait Avenue in Wake Forest shortly before 2 a.m. Monday. When officers saw her 1995 Nissan Maxima make a U-turn and head away from the checkpoint, they began a pursuit, police said.

Pleasants led police on a 45-minute chase through Wake, Franklin and Nash counties, reaching speeds of 90 mph, police said. After she was stopped, officers found her 4-year-old son in the back seat of the Maxima, securely strapped in his car seat, police said.

Pleasants was charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, speeding, driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving and child abuse.

On Monday afternoon, District Judge Ned Mangum, noting that Pleasants had missed a previous court appearance, increased her bond from $10,000 to $24,000.

The boy was placed in the care of Pleasants' mother, and police called Wake County Social Services to investigate the child abuse charge.

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  • Common Sense Man Feb 10, 2009

    "if she didnt have a drivers license then cant see much they can do with her the laws only apply to a person holding a valid license.haveing a licenseing means you are to follow all laws of road driveing.if she didnt have one how can she be charged with anything except no license."

    No way that's a serious comment.

  • RonnieR Feb 10, 2009

    WMT, you run into folks like that that are LEOs, as well as in other professions, not a heap of common sense. I would have told "Barney" because this is where I was going.

  • TStills Feb 10, 2009

    Thats just good parenting, people.

  • Citizen7265 Feb 10, 2009

    In the this area, if you try to avoid a checkpoint, you are asking to be stopped even if you make a legal U-turn, park in a driveway prior to the checkpont, or exit to another road prior to the checkpoint. My brother turned into my driveway and parked, so one of the LEO jumped in their car, sped to my home less than a 1/8 mile from the checkpoint (with blue lights flashing, and jumped out demanding to know why he did not come through the checkpoint. The only reason my brother was on the road was to visit me. He would have no reason to continue on the stretch of road that went through the checkpoint. Of course, all the neighbors had to check out what was happening. Barney at his best!

  • woodrowboyd2 Feb 9, 2009

    if she didnt have a drivers license then cant see much they can do with her
    the laws only apply to a person holding a valid license.haveing a licenseing means you are to follow all laws of road driveing.if she didnt have one how can she be charged with anything except no license.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 9, 2009

    I didn't look them up, but those cases are probably DWI checkpoints, which do differ from "spur of the moment" license checkpoints. It all depends on the totality of the circumstances. Since she led them on a chase I'd say they were right. ;-)

  • Common Sense Man Feb 9, 2009

    "Could one of you or anyone explain to me why you dont have to drive through a check point? I always thought you had to drive through one and it was the law..If you turn around they will come after you.. THANKS"

    N.C. Gen. Stat. 20-16.3A. State v. Barnes, 472 S.E.2d 784 (N.C. App. 1996). State v. Johnson, 446 S.E.2d 135 (N.C. App. 1994) held entering a parking lot to avoid a checkpoint justified a stop. In State v. Foremen, 527 S.E.2d 921 (N.C. 2000), the Court held that is it reasonable and permissible for an officer to monitor a checkpoint's entrance for vehicles whose drivers may be attempting to avoid the checkpoint, and an officer, in conjunction with the totality of the circumstances or the checkpoint plan, may pursue and stop a vehicle which has turned away from a checkpoint within its perimeters for reasonable inquiry to determine why the vehicle turned away.

  • RonnieR Feb 9, 2009

    m998, well, they may come after you if they aren't busy, but then you get individual service and show your license and registgration and you're on your way. Quicker than waiting in a long line.

    foghat, a u turn may be made legally at any intersection that does not have signage prohibiting a u turn.

  • mike honcho Feb 9, 2009

    foghat-

    I agree with most of what you said, except for the part about theres nothing wrong with driving around at 2am with a 4 year old child. I hope you don't have children, I do, and if im driving at 2am with a 4 year old ,its to the emergency room.
    Most check points are set up in areas where there are little choices other than go through the check point or do a u-turn.

  • Drakula_I_G Feb 9, 2009

    Not all of us are 9-5 people. Maybe she works nights, or third, or whatever - there is nothing wrong or illegal about being out with your child at 2 a.m. Don't get on her back over that - get on her for her breaking the law / driving with a suspended license.

    That aside, there is no such thing as a 'legal U-turn.'

    If you do that in the line waiting for a checkpoint,
    expect them to go after you - because they will. You can only turn off a side street or enter some driveway or parking lot to 'avoid' one - that's why they have the patrol cars pointing both ways on each side of the street at a checkpoint. The cops aren't idiots.

    The judge should have revoked bail altogether - if she's run before, upping the bail won't influence her one way or the other.

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