A chase on Thanksgiving Day ended on Interstate 95 near Smithfield with a damaged Highway Patrol car, two people in custody, and a trailer filled with stolen building materials recovered.
Around 7:00am Thursday, the Highway Patrol said a Wilson’s Mills police officer observed a black truck and trailer leaving a Powhatan Road construction site loaded with building materials. The driver sped away when the officer attempted to stop him.
A high speed pursuit followed with the truck and trailer driving the wrong direction down US 70 Business then the US 70 Bypass at over 100 miles per hour.
The pursuit continued into Selma then south on Interstate 95 as the driver attempted to sling the lumber off the trailer into the path of pursuing law enforcement officers.
A state trooper was finally able to end the pursuit at the Brogden Road exit in Smithfield.
The suspect driver was a convicted felon from Lumberton. A fully loaded AR-15 with a drum magazine was found on the back seat of the truck. The passenger was suspected to be in possession of a controlled substance.
No injuries were reported.