Bystanders Help Deputies Arrest High Speed Chase Suspect

Two bystanders helped a Johnston County deputy capture a suspect involved in a high speed chase.

Around 10:00am Sunday, a patrol deputy attempted to stop a Nissan Altima on Highway 301 North of Micro at Bizzell Grove Church Road for a traffic violation.  The driver failed to stop and led the deputy on a chase along several rural roadways.

While traveling on Old Beulah Road near Selma, officers said the suspect reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

At the intersection of Browns Pond Road and Starline Drive, the driver ran off the roadway and collided with a small tree in the front yard of a home. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but didn’t make it very far. Two eyewitnesses who were standing near the home saw the suspect jump and run. They caught the suspect and held him on the ground until the deputy could place him in handcuffs.

The driver, Zachary Ray Almon of Bridgers Road, Princeton was transported to the Johnston County Jail and held under a $250,000 bond.

Almon, who was on probation at the time of the pursuit, was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving, operating a vehicle with no insurance, speeding, driving on a revoked license, fictitious registration, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies said they seized a glass smoking pipe and a pistol magazine from the vehicle.  Almon reportedly denied having a gun.  The 24 year-old man’s car was also seized.

No injuries were reported.