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Police help chase down N.C. suspect
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A woman wanted for assaulting a police officer in North Carolina was apprehended after being spotted in Newton County.

Ivery Lavanda Chapel was spotted at QuickTrip off U.S. Highway 278 just after midnight Thursday, roughly two and a half hours after she allegedly assaulted a Charlotte/Mecklenburg police officer who was trying to arrest her.

A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued for Chapel, who reportedly ran over the North Carolina officer and dragged him with her vehicle. She left the area in a white Dodge Charger traveling on Interstate 20 west toward Atlanta.

Officer Justin Blankenship with the Covington Police Department noticed a vehicle matching the description in the BOLO at the gas station while on patrol. While he was running the plates through dispatch, a woman – later identified as Chapel – came out of the store and got into the car, heading toward I-20 west.

According to a press release from the CPD, Blankenship called for backup with the intention of initiating a felony stop and followed the vehicle. Once he was joined by Officer Hayward DeRouen, the officers attempted to stop Chapel by turning on their emergency lights, but the vehicle “immediately increased its speed and began an attempt to elude our officers,” according to the release.

Along with CPD officers, deputies from both Newton and Rockdale counties became involved in the chase. As Chapel entered Rockdale County, those deputies attempted a rolling road block but they were unsuccessful. Chapel reportedly exited at West Avenue to avoid the block and then jumped back onto the interstate.

The chase continued onto Panola Road and then headed into a residential area of Thompson Road in DeKalb County where Chapel crashed the vehicle and took off on foot into a heavily wooded area.

Officers from the CPD and deputies from the NCSO assisted DeKalb County law enforcement in establishing a perimeter in the area where K-9 officers and air support began looking for Chapel. 

Several hours later law enforcement located Chapel in a subdivision near I-20. No officers – besides the one injured in North Carolina – were harmed during search. 

“Officer Blankenship is to be commended for his keen observation skills along with his and Officer DeRouen’s excellent pursuit driving skills during this very dangerous event,” said CPD Capt. Ken Malcom. “Because of their actions and the work of our neighboring agencies, a very dangerous person is in custody.”