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Duck Police Department’s monthly report lists variety of incidents

The Duck Police Department’s report for December 2020 notes 975 calls for service, 34 traffic enforcement actions taken during the month, as well as 571 business checks made with four unsecured doors found. Additionally, 27 extra patrols were conducted at the request of out of town property owners.

NOTED INCIDENTS:

Concealed handgun (Duck Road) – Officers stopped a vehicle for expired registration. During the traffic stop, it was found that the driver had a concealed handgun in the glove compartment and did not possess a concealed carry permit, according to the DPD report. Tararius Barnes, 25, of Winterville, was cited for the violation and released.

Flee to elude arrest (Duck Road/East Dogwood Trail) – Officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle failed to stop and continued driving at low speeds. Officers followed the vehicle with emergency equipment activated through Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and into Currituck where Currituck County Sheriff’s Office took over the pursuit. Currituck County deputies were able to use stop sticks to stop the vehicle. Following the stop, both the driver and passenger were arrested for drug charges. Duck Police obtained an arrest warrant for the driver, Zachary Marion, 31, of Waynesboro City, Va.

Breaking and entering prior (Sea Colony Drive) – While assisting Duck Fire Department investigating the smell of smoke in a neighboring condo, police officers were notified of a door standing open that appeared to have been kicked in. Officers cleared the condo and did not find anyone inside. It did not appear that anything in the condo was missing or had been gone through. Officers collected evidence and secured the door. Officers notified the property manager, who provided the owner’s contact information and they were notified as well. This is an active investigation.

Fraud (Duck Road) – Sunset Watersports reported fraudulent checks passed on a business account. Three checks from June 2019 were copied and the suspect(s) attempted to cash them over the last few weeks. Banking institutions discovered all transactions and no loss was incurred by the business.

Open door (Ocean Way Ct.) – A front door was found open. No signs of forced entry. Officers searched and secured the door upon exit.

Felony traffic stop (Duck Road/Snow Geese Drive) – A Duck Officer observed a passenger car traveling north on Duck Road in the area of Town Hall at approximately 40 mph. The officer pulled behind the vehicle and continued to follow it north. The vehicle began to increase speed and a traffic stop was initiated. The DPD report states that, on approach, the officer observed what appeared to be marijuana in a baggie. While waiting for backup to arrive from Southern Shores, the officer engaged in conversation with the four occupants in the vehicle regarding the marijuana. According to DPD, the passenger became irritable and uncooperative and was placed under arrest following a search of the vehicle based on the “plain sight” of the marijuana. During the search, a handgun was located with two larger bags of marijuana that were stored in a clear tote. The passenger was charged with one count of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, felony possession of marijuana and felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana. The report did not list the name of the person arrested.

Structure fire (E Sea Hawk) – Officers assisted Duck Fire with an initial scene size up and locating hydrants for incoming fire apparatus. Officers assisted fire personnel throughout the incident as needed.

Unattended death (Buffell Head Road) – Officers responded to report of an unresponsive 7-month-old infant. Officers, Fire, and EMS personnel attempted lifesaving efforts, but the infant died at the home.

Traffic stop/arrest (Duck Road/Baum Trail) – An officer initiated a traffic stop for a vehicle displaying license plates that were registered to another vehicle. The driver admitted that he switched the license plates, according to the report, which also stated that during the investigation, the passenger of the vehicle was found to have six outstanding warrants. Richard Idec, 48, of Grandy, was cited for displaying fictitious license plates and driving while his driver’s license was revoked. Ashly Duke, 36, of Grandy, was arrested on outstanding warrants. Duke was held at the Dare County Detention Center in lieu of $120,000 secured bond.

Suspicious condition (Trinite Drive) – Officers responded to an unconscious male passed out at this location. Caller stated she did not know who the male was but believed he may have been intoxicated and passed out on her porch. Officers located friends of the subject at a neighboring house and released the male to them. Subject refused emergency medical treatment.

REPORTED TRAFFIC CRASH:

Duck Road/Station Bay Lane – Two vehicle rear-end collision. One vehicle stopped for turning traffic and the second vehicle failed to stop. Minor damage to both vehicles. Driver of second vehicle was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and having no operator’s license.

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