In the apparent view of 26-year-old Desiree Breshay Smith, she can do no wrong. So, after allegedly attempting to k1l a North Carolina police officer for simply pulling her over for a traffic vio-lation, she expected to go free. Unfortunately, the judge wasn’t about to appease her sense of entitlement.
Just after 11 p.m., Fayetteville police officers witnessed Smith’s 2006 Chevrolet Impala speed through a stop sign on the 2000 block of Corrinna Street. As such, the officers engaged their lights and siren in an effort to pull over the driver. However, stopping for a ticket just wasn’t in Smith’s plans.
Instead of stopping, Smith brandished a fi-r-ea-rm and open-ed f-i-r-e at one of the officers, reportedly in an attempt to m-u-r-d-er him. Disturbingly, what would’ve been a simple traffic vi-olati-on turned into a de-ad-ly drive-by sho-o-ti-ng, leading police on a ter-rifying chase.
Eventually, Smith was apprehended while trying to flee the scene. Soon after her arrest, police charged her with felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, felony flee to elude arrest, possession of a stolen firearm, careless and reckless driving, and failure to stop at a stop sign, according to The Fayetteville Observer. Fortunately, neither officer was injured.
“As soon as he saw that she was fi-ri-ng sh00ts, he initiated his emergency equipment and she began to flee,” Fayetteville Police Sergeant Jeremy Glass said.
After being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond, Smith went to court for her initial appearance. However, instead of showing remorse for the ser-iousn-ess of her cr-i-, Smith smirked and defe-nded her actions, arg-ui-ng that she shouldn’t be in j-ai-l because she’s a good student who’s never been a-rr-es-ted before, Law Enforcement Today reports.
“I’ve never been in trou-ble before – never ever,” she told the judge. “I’m not gu-il-ty of anything they’re saying. I work. I go to school.”
Upon witnessing her remorseless behavior, Judge Stephen Stokes decided to teach her lesson in humility. In response to her arro-g-ant at-ti-tude, the judge ordered Smith’s bond to be raised from $25,000 to a who-pp–i-ng $100,000. The suddenly straight-faced and silent woman was then escorted back into police custody.
During a subsequent investigation, authorities discovered empty shell ca-sings in Smith’s car. The spent rounds were confirmed to be from the same sto-len g-n fi-ed by the suspect at officers. It will be incredibly difficult for Smith to defend herself against the mounting e-vidence, despite her alleg-ed stel-lar repu-tation as a hard-working collegiate.
Regardless of Smith’s willingness to keep a job and study for school, she has proven herself to be a d-nger to the public and l-w enforcement officers. It would be safe to say that her ability to show up to class doesn’t outweigh the fact that she tried to ki-l a police officer just to avoid getting a traffic ticket.