Reports of a disturbance lead to robbery, DWI charges

June 29, 2014 

RALEIGH An officer responding to reports of a disturbance early Sunday morning ended up filing multiple charges against a 45-year-old woman, including being the getaway driver in an armed robbery.

Grace Charity Hughes of 1703-A Curtis Drive in Raleigh has been has been charged with identity theft, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and possession of stolen goods, according to arrest warrants filed Sunday at the Wake County Magistrate’s Office.

Hughes remained in custody early Sunday afternoon at the Wake County jail in lieu of a $253,000 bail, court records show.

It was after 1 a.m. when a Raleigh police officer responded to reports of a disturbance on East Lenoir Street. The officer reported that the disturbance reports turned into a driving while impaired investigation when he encountered Hughes who had a “slurred speech,” a “strong odor” of alcohol and who admitted to drinking at least five beers, according to court records.

Hughes also failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer tests, court records show.

The officer accused Hughes of telling him her name was, “Elma DeLoach,” in an attempt to avoid legal consequences.

The officer also determined that Hughes was also a suspect in an armed robbery and accused her of conspiring with another person to rob someone at gunpoint.

The officer filed robbery charges against Hughes after he accused her of being in possession of a fishing rod, two fishing reels and two extension cords that belonged to the robbery victim, court records show.

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