High Speed Chase Ends With Violent Crash

Police said Jassan Fiaz Gannaway was operating this 2007 Toyota Camry that fled from officers May 3, 2023 before crashing into another car on US 70 at Robertson Street in Clayton. Johnston County Report Photo

SELMA – A high speed chase in Johnston County ended when the fleeing suspect crashed into an innocent motorist.

Around 10:15am Wednesday, a Selma police officer stopped a white 2007 Toyota Camry for a violation near the intersection of US 70 and US 301. The suspect reportedly fled from the traffic stop nearly striking the police officer.

Selma Police pursued the vehicle on US 70 westbound and were joined by Wilson’s Mills Police. The suspect briefly got away but was spotted moments later on US 70 in Clayton.

The driver of this white BMW, Christie Latham, was struck by the driver of a white Toyota Camry who sped through a red light at the intersection of US 70 and Robertson Street in Clayton May 3, 2023 while fleeing from law enforcement. Johnston County Report Photo

While fleeing from law enforcement, the suspect ran through a red light at the intersection of US 70 at Robertson Street striking a white 2008 BMW making a right turn. The Toyota overturned multiple times in the westbound lanes, and across the median, coming to rest in the eastbound lanes.

The suspect, Jassan Fiaz Gannaway, age 20, was taken into custody. Gannaway was transported to WakeMed by Johnston County EMS for evaluation.

The operator of the BMW, Christie Latham, age 52, was able to walk from the heavily-damaged car to another ambulance at the scene. She was transported to WakeMed with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

Clayton Police closed westbound lanes of US 70 while the accident was under investigation.

Selma Police accompanied Gannaway in the ambulance to the hospital. Upon his release, he will face multiple charges.

This story has been updated.


  1. Simply shocking to see Johnston county citizens, supporting braswell, who allegedly molested a 13 year old. Standing holding signs ect in support., and others supporting a school board member who has broken laws and still serves on our school board! Are we that broken? Now we see how past society’s fell, catering to immortality and straight up ignorance. The sins of our fathers are upon us, i pray we can stave off this immortality and turn the corner to a true civil society. Vote better hold accountable demand truth lead by example.

  2. It is a shame that Jassan Fiaz Gannaway made it thru the crash. After all, he did not care who he killed in the process of running from the law. I wish justice had been served on him on the spot. Now as far as Christie Latham goes, I pray she will be ok.

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