A motorist who fled from police before crashing his car into a utility pole is facing numerous charges.
It began around 3:00am Saturday on US 301 in Selma. A Selma police officer spotted a vehicle that didn’t fully stop at an intersection and attempted to pull over the driver. When the officer turned on his blue lights, the driver quickly accelerated reaching speeds of 65 mph on South Massey and West Noble Streets. The officer broke off the pursuit for safety reasons but moments later the suspects reportedly crashed his car into a utility pole on West Railroad Street near North Brevard Street.
Police located the driver, identified as 24 year-old Donyeah Wiggins of Goldsboro inside the overturned gold 2000 Toyota Camry that had just fled from police. He was taken by ambulance to Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield for treatment then taken to the Johnston County Jail.
Police don’t know why Wiggins fled but did find out there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Sampson County for larceny.
He was served with that warrant and also charged with driving while impaired, driving on a revoked license, fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving, exceeding the posted speed limit, failure to maintain lane control, failure to heed for a light or siren, injury to utility wires or fixtures, seat belt violation, stop sign violation, and driving left of center.
Bail was set at $80,000.
Damage to the utility pole and related equipment was estimated at $5,500.