Smithfield Police are searching for a Four Oaks man wanted following a brief police chase and car crash during heavy traffic on North Brightleaf Boulevard (US 301) around Noon on Thursday.
Police said an off-duty law enforcement officer was inside Wal-Mart when they allegedly spotted a man shoplifting two fishing reels. The officer followed the man outside the store and asked him to stop but the suspect ran to his vehicle. The off-duty officer flagged down a nearby Smithfield police officer alerting him to the theft.
The Smithfield officer attempted to stop the suspect, identified by police as 32 year-old Britton Scott Moore of the 9000 block of US 301 South, Four Oaks, but after activating his blue lights Moore sped away in a 2001 Ford.
During the chase, Moore allegedly veered off Brightleaf Boulevard into the parking lot of the Glamorama Cleaners and struck a Jeep SUV occupied by two people.
The pursuing officer stopped to check on the occupants in the Jeep allowing Moore to get away. The occupants in the Jeep weren’t hurt.
Minutes later Moore’s abandoned car was located behind a nearby business. A K-9 reportedly tracked Moore along the railroad tracks to Selma but lost the scent. Police suspect someone may have been waiting and picked Moore up in a vehicle.
Warrants have been obtained for Britton Scott Moore. Once located he will be charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, hit and run, driving on a revoked license and larceny. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Smithfield Police at 919-934-2121.