ROCKINGHAM COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES, N.C. HIGHWAY PATROL ARREST REIDSVILLE MAN FOLLOWING DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND VEHICLE PURSUIT
On Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at around 7:15 p.m., Rockingham County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to 625 Berry Hill Rd. Ruffin, N.C. in response to a domestic assault on a female that had occurred at that location. Prior to the Deputies arrival, the suspect, JOE BEN CHRISTOPHER, Jr., 33, of 391 Meadow Branch Rd. Reidsville, N.C., fled the area in his Black in color truck.
Rockingham County Sheriff's Lt. E. Hopper located the suspect's vehicle while responding to the call and attempted to initiate a vehicle stop. CHRISTOPHER failed to stop his vehicle and a vehicle pursuit ensued. Rockingham County Sheriff's Deputy D. Watson joined in the vehicle pursuit at the 200 block of N Main St in Eden.
Rockingham County Sheriff's Deputy D. Anderson deployed a Tire Deflation Device at N.C. Hwy 14 and Bethlehem Church Rd., successfully deflating the suspect truck's passenger side tires. The vehicle proceeded traveling down N.C. 14 towards Reidsville despite the flattened tires.
North Carolina Highway Patrol units entered the vehicle pursuit at N.C. 14 near the North Scales St. intersection and successfully performed a Precision Immobilization Technique on the suspect vehicle, ending the pursuit.
CHRISTOPHER exited his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by N.C. State Troopers and Rockingham County Sheriff's Deputies on scene.
JOE BEN CHRISTOPHER, Jr. was arrested for Assault on a Female, Driving While Impaired, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and felonious Flee to Elude Arrest. He was placed in the Rockingham County Detention Facility under a $20,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 14th.