A Johnston County man was arrested following a chase Friday morning.
Johnston County deputies were investigating the July 4th theft of a pig cooker stolen from Jack’s Food Mart at 7065 NC Highway 50 North of Benson. Authorities said 38 year-old Jeffrey Underwood of 4564 US Highway 301 South, Four Oaks was developed as a suspect.
As a sheriff’s detective was headed to Underwood’s home to question him, he reportedly saw the suspect operating a 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500HD pickup. Detective Joey Harrell conducted a traffic stop on North Church Street in the Four Oaks city limits. During the traffic, Underwood reportedly became nervous and fled in the vehicle. A brief chase followed on Black Creek Road before the suspect finally stopped.
Underwood was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. His truck was seized under the NC Run and You’re Done Law.
Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said additional arrests are expected in connection with the theft of the pig cooker, which has not yet been recovered.
Underwood was convicted in November 2010 for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jerry Lynn Messer Sr., who was struck and killed by Underwood’s vehicle following a verbal altercation at the intersection of Highway 701 and Highway 96 near Four Oaks in August 2008. Underwood served 16 months in prison before being released in March 2012.