Drugs Seized From Vehicle Involved In Two County Chase And Collision

A Chevy Suburban was struck on US 701 at NC 96 by the driver of a Jeep SUV (background) attempted to elude law enforcement officers. Johnston County Report Photo

FOUR OAKS – A man who led law enforcement officers on a two county chase that ended with a traffic accident is facing felony fleeing to elude and drug charges.

The Sampson County Sheriff’s Office said their Criminal Interdiction Team was in the area of US Highway 13 and Timothy Road Monday afternoon looking for a vehicle with tinted windows reported to be operating recklessly in the area.

A deputy located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. As the deputy approved the SUV, the driver sped away. Deputies pursued the vehicle into Johnston County. At the intersection of Highway 96 South and Highway 701 in Four Oaks the fleeing driver ran through a stop sign and collided with an innocent motorist. The driver of the vehicle struck by the suspect sustained minor injuries.

The fleeing driver, identified as Kenhari Jermiah Lee, of Lee’s Country Club Road, Mt. Olive was taken into custody at the scene with the assistance of the State Highway Patrol, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, and Four Oaks Police Department.

Kenhari Jermiah Lee of Mt. Olive reportedly crashed this SUV during a high speed chase Oct. 25, 2021 in Four Oaks. Johnston County Report Photo

During a search of the wrecked SUV, 2.87 pounds of marijuana was located and seized.

Lee was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving, speeding, felony possession of marijuana, felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, no operators license, driving left of center, improper passing on the left, improper passing on the right, window tint violation, and a stop sign violation. He was held on a $50,000 secured bond in the Sampson County Detention Center.