Suspect charged in high-speed chase across several counties

EASTERN CAROLINA - A woman who allegedly led a high-speed chase through several Eastern Carolina counties Monday afternoon has been charged.

According to the Highway Patrol, 37-year-old Nichole Lois Gibbs, of Highway 304 near Bayboro, has been charged with felony flee to elude arrest and reckless driving. She was issued a $5,000 secured bond.

(Suspect is pictured above. Photo credit: Credit: Janet S. Carter / Kinston Free Press)

The family of Gibbs called authorities Monday and said Gibbs was on medication and should not be driving, said the Pamlico County Sheriff's Office.

When an officer saw Gibbs at a Handy Mart across from the Hardee's in Alliance, that officer approached the suspect and asked for her license, the Sheriff's Office stated. But Gibbs got into her car and took off at about 2 p.m. Monday, investigators said.

The police officer pursued, and tried to stop Gibbs in the Olympia community, according to the Sheriff's Office. But Gibbs allegedly got on Highway 55 heading west.

Gibbs continued down Highway 70, promoting deputies and troopers to deploy stop sticks, said investigators. The chase finally ended outside of Kinston in Lenoir County when authorities boxed the suspect in, according to the Highway Patrol

In all, Pamlico, Jones, and Lenoir County authorities, as well as the Highway Patrol, were involved in the chase, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Witnesses said the suspect's car was weaving in and out of traffic. Despite that, no injuries were reported as a result of the chase, said investigators.

Neighbors of Gibbs said the suspect lives with her mother. But when NewsChannel 12 knocked on the door, nobody answered.

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