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Officers recover drugs, stolen gun after Chapel Hill hit-and-run

Posted August 22, 2008 7:38 a.m. EDT
Updated August 22, 2008 2:58 p.m. EDT

— Carrboro police arrested one man and were searching for another after a hit-and-run in Chapel Hill Friday morning.

A Carrboro police officer saw a white man driving a maroon Oldsmobile in Chapel Hill around 4 a.m. The officer recognized the vehicle as a car with a fictitious license plate he had seen the past weekend and gave pursuit, according to the incident report.

"When my light turned green, I made a U-turn and began to catch up to the Oldsmobile," the officer wrote. "The driver made a quick, sharp left turn onto Savannah Terrace. When I turned onto Savannah Terrace, I saw the Oldsmobile slowly moving on the left side of the road."

The car ran over a street sign and continued across the street where it struck a parked car, police said.

Two men in the car, Richard Trevor Jebb and Keiland Jamal Harris, had abandoned it, police said. Officers recovered a revolver, which they determined to be stolen, about 30 feet from the car, the incident report said.

Officers arrested Jebb, 21, of 1117 Clarendon Road in Durham, after they found him hiding under a nearby deck. Officers searched Jebb and found a plastic bag containing 5 grams of marijuana in a pocket of his jacket.

Jebb first told police that Harris had robbed him at gunpoint and forced him to participate in armed robberies, according to police reports. Officers told Jebb they found Harris' number in his cell phone, and Jebb admitted that he lied, according to the police report.

Jebb was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana, careless and reckless driving and hit-and-run and driving with a revoked license. He was placed in the Orange County Jail under a $4,000 bond.

Harris, 18, of 101 Rock Haven Road in Carrboro, remains on the loose. Police described him as a black man with two tattoos: "Royal Leo" on his right forearm, and "AHD" on his left wrist.

The officer obtained a warrant against Harris for possession of a stolen firearm.

Police said Harris was already wanted on armed robbery charges. He was placed on probation for possession of drug paraphernalia in May 2007 in Durham.