LAWRENCEVILLE – A law enforcement officer once told me that there is no such thing as a “routine” traffic stop. Mae Antonette Almeida, 22, of Portsmouth is charged with obstructing justice with threats/force on Aug. 19.

Administrative Captain Kent Washburn with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy A. D. Peter was working traffic enforcement on Governor Harrison Parkway near the intersection of Vulcan Quarry Road and saw a vehicle traveling westbound at a high rate of speed, verified at 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. He attempted to stop the vehicle near Governor Harrison Parkway and Bright Leaf Road but the vehicle continued and was stopped near the intersection of Governor Harrison Parkway and Christanna Highway.

Almeida was the driver. Other deputies came to assist. Peter told Almeida to stay in the car. The other deputies cleared the scene and as he was writing the summonses for speeding and failing to signal lane change, Almeida began to exit the vehicle. Peter told her to stay in the vehicle over the public address system and she returned to the vehicle. Almeida got out of her vehicle again saying she needed her license and paperwork because she was in a hurry and had to meet someone. She started back to her car and went to the passenger side of her vehicle and began pacing back and forth then entered the roadway again to come up to the driver’s side of the patrol vehicle. She said she wanted her stuff to leave. Peter attempted to detain her because she was not listening and was endangering herself and others by being in the roadway. As he went to put on hand restraints she pulled away and said no. There was a struggle as he was attempting to place the hand restraints on so the driver was tactically escorted to the ground and Peter was able to gain control and place her into hand restraints.

Almeida was arrested for obstruction with force and transported to the Meherrin River Regional Jail. She was given a secured bond of $3,500.

To read the entire article pick up the Sept. 11, 2019 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.