Driver stole trailer and building materials ahead of Johnston County high-speed chase ::


–A high-speed chase in Johnston County ended on Thanksgiving morning with a cruiser wreck, two people in custody and the recovery of stolen construction materials.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the chase ended around 7:30 a.m.

Earlier Thursday morning, a Wilsons Mills police officer saw a black pickup truck leaving a construction site with a load of lumber on a trailer. The driver fled when the police tried to stop him.

This led to a high speed chase, with the truck and trailer driving in the wrong direction on US Highway 70 at over 100 miles per hour. The chase continued through Selma and then Interstate 95 as the driver attempted to pull timber from the trailer into the path of law enforcement officers.

A State Highway Patrol soldier was finally able to end the pursuit out of Brogden Road.

The driver, a convicted felon from Lumberton, was in possession of a fully loaded AR-15 with a drum loader, and a passenger was in possession of cocaine.

Authorities confirmed that the trailer and construction materials were stolen.

No one was hurt. The two suspects were transported to Johnston County Jail.

Wilson’s Mills, Smithfield and Four Oaks Police Departments responded with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and the State Highway Patrol.


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