Intoxicated woman who led officers on vehicle chase going to prison

TRENT WOODS, CRAVEN COUNTY - A woman who was intoxicated when she led police on a vehicle chase, almost hitting several officers in the process, is going to prison.

District Attorney Scott Thomas announced Friday that 37-year-old Rose Marie Burgess, of Morehead City, pleaded guilty in Craven County last week to the crimes, which happened shortly after Christmas Day 2013 in Trent Woods.

On Dec. 27, 2013, Burgess parked her car on the side of Country Club Road, investigators said. Nearby residents asked Burgess to leave, and she admitted to them that she was impaired.

But when Trent Woods Police arrived, Burgess sped off, leading officers on a chase down Canterbury, Foxchase, Steeple Chase, and Wedgewood Drives, said investigators.

Police said Burgess drove erratically through yards and ran multiple stop signs. Each time the officers tried to approach Burgess' vehicle, she would accelerate toward them, according to investigators.

On one occasion, an officer was able to break Burgess' driver side window. However, Burgess continued driving, and drove her vehicle at an officer for the third time, said police.

The officer fired four shots at Burgess' vehicle, and police deployed stop sticks. But Burgess ran over the stop sticks and continued driving despite a flat tire, said investigators.

In an attempt to drive out of a yard, Burgess hit two vehicles, barely missing three officers, said police. The chase finally ended when Burgess crashed into a ditch, investigators said.

But Burgess resisted arrest and had to be tased, said police. She later admitted that she had ingested cocaine, Xanax and alcohol, police added.

Last week, Burgess pleaded guilty in Craven County Superior Court to the following:

Six counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official;
Fleeing to elude arrest;
Driving while impaired (DWI);
Driving while license revoked;
Three counts of injury to personal property.

In addition, Burgess had previously been convicted of three felony offenses.

Burgess was sentenced to between six-and-a-half years to eight-and-a-half years in prison, said Thomas in a statement. She also received a concurrent 12-month sentence for the DWI charge alone.

Burgess must undergo two substance abuse treatments in prison, as well as a mental health evaluation and treatment, Thomas said. Her driver's license will be permanently revoked due to these convictions.

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