Driver Crashes Car During High Speed Chase

A motorist clocked speeding 128 miles per hour on Interstate 95 in Johnston County early Friday morning led officers from two counties on a high speed chase.

Around 1:00am, a state trooper spotted the speeding car traveling southbound on I-95 between Four Oaks and Benson. The trooper caught up to the vehicle and attempted to pull it over. The driver failed to stop.  The chase entered the Benson city limits then onto Highway 27 into Harnett County.

As the pursuit entered the Coats city limits, the driver lost control near the intersection of Stewart Street and N. McKinley Street and struck a billboard sign. The car came to rest in front of a home and caught on fire.

The driver jumped and ran, leaving a female passenger in the vehicle.  The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office responded with K-9 units but the driver managed to elude arrest.  There was no information on whether the female passenger will face any charges.  The vehicle was registered in Virginia.

No injuries were reported.


Photos by Thomas Honeycutt