Rose Marie Burgess, 37, of Morehead City, pleaded guilty Friday in New Bern to charges filed in December of last year. (Contributed photo)

NEW BERN — A Morehead City woman charged in December 2013 by New Bern police for a series of crimes committed there was sentenced Friday in Craven County Superior Court, according to a release from District Attorney Scott Thomas’ office.

Rose Marie Burgess, 37, pleaded guilty to six counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, fleeing to elude arrest, driving while impaired, driving with a revoked license, three counts of injury to personal property. Already a convicted felon, she had been previously convicted of three felony offense.

Superior Court Judge John Nobles sentenced Ms. Burgess to a minimum of 6½ years in priso and maximum of 8½ years. She received a concurrent 12-month sentence for the DWI charge alone. Her driver’s license was  permanently revoked in light of these convictions. She was also ordered to undergo substance abuse treatment.

On Dec. 27, 2013, Ms. Burgess parked her car on the side of Country Club Road in New Bern. Residents asked her to leave. She admitted to them she was impaired.

Trent Woods police arrived and Ms. Burgess sped off, leading officers on a chase down Canterbury, Fox Chase, Steeple Chase and Wedgwood drives. She drove erratically through yards and ran multiple stop signs. Each time the officers tried to approach Ms. Burgess’ vehicle, she would accelerate toward them. An officer was able to break the driver’s side window, but Ms. Burgess continued driving and drove her car at Officer Stephen Humphrey for the third time. He fired four shots at Ms. Burgess’ vehicle in an attempt to stop her. Officers also deployed stop-sticks which are used to flatten tires.

She continued even with a flat driver’s side tire. In one attempt to drive out of a yard, she hit two vehicles, barely missing three police officers.

Ms. Burgess was apprehended when she crashed her vehicle into a ditch. She actively resisted and had to be subdued with a taser. She was taken to the hospital where a blood test was administered. She admitted she had ingested cocaine, Xanax and alcohol.

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