Authorities seized a quantity of synthetic marijuana tossed from a vehicle during a high speed chase overnight.
Around 11:55pm Monday, a state trooper was running radar on Interstate 95 in southern Johnston County and noticed a dark colored passenger car approaching at a high rate of speed. The trooper clocked the vehicle traveling 81 mph in a 65 mph zone. The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle but the car accelerated and exited onto Interstate 40 near Benson.
The trooper pursued the car on I-40 towards McGee’s Crossroads. The suspect eventually exited off the interstate and turned onto several rural roadways, running through at least three rural stop signs. During the chase troopers said the fleeing driver would speed up then slam on the brakes.
The chase continued onto Highway 50 then onto Highway 210. At the intersection of Highway 210 and I-40, a second trooper was on the bridge and his patrol car was struck by the fleeing suspect. The second trooper was able to join the chase and while attempting to perform a PIT maneuver on I-40, both vehicles collided in the eastbound lanes and ran off the highway.
The driver, Timothy Allen Pierce, 23, of Laurinburg, NC tried to flee on foot but was apprehended after a brief struggle.
Authorities said they recovered a box of synthetic marijuana Pierce allegedly threw out of the car during the chase. Additional contraband was reportedly found in his car.
Pierce was treated by EMS for minor injuries.
Photos by John Payne