DWI Suspect Crashes Car During 100 MPH Chase

Selma – Bond was set at $100,000 for a motorist arrested following a 100 mile per hour chase in Johnston County.  The pursuit began on US 70 in Selma when a Selma police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding around midnight Friday.

The driver of the 1999 Honda Accord ran through several red lights in an attempt to elude police. The chase continued onto Outlet Center Drive and I-95 Southbound to Four Oaks reaching speeds of 100 MPH. The fleeing driver exited off I-95 onto Keen Road in Four Oaks as the pursuit continued onto US 301 South.

The driver then turned onto Camellia Road but failed to slow down for the railroad tracks. The car jumped the tracks, landed off the roadway on a tree stump and came to rest a short distance away in some brush near the railroad tracks.

The driver, Christian Hunter Sandridge, 25, of Alex Street, Willow Spring allegedly admitting to police he consumed 6 or 7 beers before driving.  Sandridge allegedly told police he had a pending DWI case in court and was scared and didn’t stop.

Sandridge registered 0.12 on the Breathalyzer, above the legal limit of 0.08 in North Carolina.

He was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, driving while impaired and driving on a revoked license.

Train traffic was briefly halted until the car could be towed away and the scene cleared. No injuries were reported.  Photos by John Payne