Driver Crashes SUV During Chase

A man wanted for leading Sampson County authorities on a high speed chase in October was arrested following a high speed chase in Smithfield.

Around 3:00am Monday, a Smithfield police officer attempted to stop a 2002 Toyota 4Runner on Wilson’s Mills Road.   The driver refused to pull over and accelerated in an attempt to evade the officer, police said.

After reaching US 70 (West Market Street) the driver began traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes. While traveling at an estimated 60mph near the Rose Manor Shopping Center, the driver attempted to cross the median but lost control and slid backwards into a tree.

The driver jumped and ran but was apprehended a short distance away.

Travis Matthew Joyner, 25, of Finch Road, Bailey was wanted at the time of the pursuit for an Oct. 28th warrant from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office for felony fleeing to elude.  Joyner was also wanted for felony probation violation.     Sampson County authorities tried to stop Joyner last month after responding to a 911 call about someone ringing doorbells in the Autryville area in the middle of the night.

Joyner was charged by Smithfield Police with felony fleeing to elude following their pursuit.  A passenger from Clinton was not charged. No injuries were reported.

The Toyota 4Runner was impounded by police.

Joyner was taken to the Johnston County Jail and held under a $600,000 bond.