Driver Jumps Into Pond During Chase

A Johnston County man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly sped away from a traffic stop, wrecked his car, fled on foot then jumped into a pond.

It started at 11:54pm Saturday, a Johnston County deputy sheriff was on routine patrol on Hill Road east of Smithfield when he attempted to stop a Toyota for a traffic violation.  The driver pulled over onto the shoulder. The deputy approached the vehicle and began speaking with the driver. The driver denied he had been drinking. The man was unable to provide the deputy with his license, so the officer returned to his patrol car to look up the license information.

The deputy determined the driver, identified as Taylor Cole Brown of Matthews Road, Clayton did not have a valid license. When the deputy approached Brown’s car a second time, Brown sped away.

Brown quickly reached speeds of 80 miles per hour on Hill Road with the deputy in pursuit. At the intersection of Hill Road and Brogden Road, Brown crashed his car into a ditch.

The 25 year-old man reportedly jumped from his car and with the deputy in foot pursuit, ran across a field and jumped into a nearby pond.

The deputy ordered Brown out of the pond. He eventually complied and was taken into custody.

Authorities said Brown later registered 0.12 on the Breathalyzer, above the legal limit of 0.08.

He was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, driving while impaired, driving on a revoked license, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane control, and a stop sign violation.  Brown was taken before a magistrate and booked into the Johnston County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

No injuries were reported.