A high speed car chase on Thursday ended a short distance away from where 150 children were located.
Around 11:00am, a Johnston County SAFE Team Deputy was on patrol on Highway 42 East and clocked an approaching car traveling 74 mph in a 55 mph zone. The vehicle quickly decelerated when the driver saw the marked cruiser but then quickly accelerated as he passed the deputy.
The officer activated his blue light and siren and began pursuing the vehicle, which failed to pull over. The chase continued a short distance on Highway 42 until the driver reportedly made a reckless high speed turn into Camp Mary Atkinson, a 278-acre Girl Scout camp.
Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Caldwell said the vehicle quickly drove behind the main building and the driver, identified as 35 year-old Larry Allen Adkins of Maple Creek Drive, Rocky Mount got out of his Hyundai. Adkins refused deputies commands to place his hands in the air. During a brief struggle he was eventually handcuffed.
Seven small bags of suspected heroin were found in Adkins pockets, Caldwell said.
An official at the camp said the suspect stopped his car a short distance away from where 150 Girl Scouts were camping outside.
Caldwell said the suspect told the SAFE Team Deputy he fled because he had an outstanding warrant.
Adkins was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, speeding, driving on a revoked license, reckless driving, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served with an arrest warrant for embezzlement from Nash County. He was incarcerated in the Johnston County Jail under a $52,500 bond.