Car Strikes Building

A 22 year-old man is facing numerous charges after police attempted to stop him for speeding Thursday night, but not before his car collided with an auto repair business.

Around 9:20pm, a Smithfield police officer using radar clocked a Hyundai speeding 57mph in a 35mph zone on US 301 (Brightleaf Boulevard).  The officer turned around to stop the car. The speeding driver then made a sudden turn at Brightleaf and Bridge Streets, striking the corner of Smithfield Collision at 120 N. Brightleaf Boulevard.

Police said the driver, Corey Taylor Durham, gave a fictitious name but was eventually identified.  Durham, who had addresses of Strickland Drive, Smithfield and Davis Mill Road, Selma, was wanted at the time of the traffic stop for probation violation and for failing to appear in court on a 2016 DWI charge.

Durham was also charged with speeding, fictitious registration, driving without a license, resisting and delaying, and reckless driving.

He was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $40,000 bond.  Damage to the Smithfield Collision building was estimated at $500. No injuries were reported.