Cleveland Chase Suspect Jailed Under $1 Million Bond

Photo by John Payne

The suspect in a wild chase Monday afternoon in the Cleveland community was released from Wake Medical Center late-Thursday and formally arrested by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office on numerous charges.

Charles Terry Poole, 58, of the 800 block of S. 6th Street, Smithfield was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $1 million bond.

Around 1:20pm Monday, a deputy was on routine patrol when he spotted a blue pickup driven by Poole.  The officer knew that Poole did not have a license and attempted to pull him over.

Poole attempted to flee and began waving a machete.  Poole almost struck two school buses head on during the brief chase.  Officers decided to end the dangerous chase using a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver.  When Poole pulled into the rear parking lot of the CVS on Highway 42 at Cleveland Road, the officer conducted the PIT maneuver.

At the end of the chase, there was a struggle between Poole and deputies. A Sheriff’s K-9 bit the suspect during the struggle.

Poole and one deputy were transported to Wake Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Poole was formally charged Thursday with felony assault with a deadly weapon, felony fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving, assault on a law enforcement officer causing injury, and resisting arrest.