Police say speeding was abusive to son, 4

From Staff ReportsFebruary 10, 2009 

— A 27-year-old Durham woman is accused of leading police on an early morning high-speed chase with her 4-year-old son in the backseat.

Police say April Rene Pleasants was driving with a revoked driver's license when she tried to avoid a license checkpoint along Wait Avenue shortly before 2 a.m.

The 45-minute pursuit hit speeds of 90 mph as Pleasants and officers traveled through Wake Forest and Rolesville before stopping in Nash County, according to Wake Forest police. The chase ended when Wake Forest police used stop sticks to puncture the tires on her Nissan Maxima.

No one was injured, including Pleasants' son.

Pleasants was charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, speeding, driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving and child abuse. Bail was set at $10,000.

Following the incident, Pleasants' mother arrived at the Wake Forest Police Department to pick up the child, police said. Wake County Social Services was contacted.

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