State troopers arrested a 20 year-old suspect who reportedly led them on a high speed chase Thursday morning. It began around 1:30am when a trooper clocked a BMW traveling eastbound on I-40 in Johnston County at 113 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. The trooper attempted to make a traffic stop but the driver refused to pull over.
The chase continued eastbound on I-40, then south on Interstate 95 into Harnett and Cumberland counties at times reaching speeds of 130 miles per hour. Cumberland County deputies had stop sticks deployed on I-295 but the suspect exited just before reaching them. The driver turned onto a two-lane road and ran through red lights as he headed into Downtown Fayetteville. The driver then turned off his headlights as he continued to flee.
Troopers and Fayetteville Police terminated the chase due to safety concerns. Later, officers were able to track the license plate to a Fayetteville address and eventually take the suspect into custody. The BMW was seized under the NC Run and You’re Done law.
The driver had reportedly just left work in Garner and was headed home in Fayetteville when he failed to stop. There were no injuries.