Driver Speeding Through School Zone Arrested Following Short Chase

A Johnston County SAFE Team deputy had to pursue a car Thursday afternoon after the driver allegedly failed to pull over for a speeding violation.

The deputy was in a marked patrol car and parked on Polenta Road at Cleveland High using radar when he spotted a Ford Focus traveling at 50mph in a 35mph school zone, according to reports.

The deputy activated his blue light and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver reportedly failed to pull over.

The car turned onto Monroe Road and accelerated to 76mph in a 55mph zone.  At one point the driver ran off the roadway in a curve nearly losing control. The chase ended at Cleveland Road when the driver stopped.

Francis Edward King, 29, of Jack Road, Clayton was given a $25,000 bond on charges that included fleeing to elude arrest, driving on a revoked license, reckless driving to endanger, speeding, possession of up to 1/2 ounce of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Officers also impounded King’s vehicle.  No injuries were reported during the pursuit.