High Speed Pursuit Ends In Arrest Of Motorcyclist

A motorcyclist who reportedly led Johnston County sheriff’s deputies on a high speed pursuit has been arrested. Authorities said the chase started on Highway 70 in Princeton around 3:30pm Friday, May 28th.

A SAFE Team deputy was on routine patrol and clocked a motorcycle traveling 86 mph in a 45 mph zone. The operator failed to pull over and accelerated. The chase continued on Highway 70 to Interstate 95 where the pursuit briefly reached 125 miles per hour.

The chase returned to Highway 70 Business East, US 70-A and then onto Bizzell Grove Church Road where the operator attempted to hide his motorcycle behind a house. He was apprehended.

Matthew Thomas Denton, 28, of Roseboro, NC was wanted at the time of the pursuit on four failure to appear warrants in Sampson County for second degree trespassing, larceny, and two misdemeanor marijuana possession charges.

He was charged by Johnston County authorities with fleeing to elude arrest, speeding, reckless driving to endanger, and driving on a revoked license. Denton was held on a $60,000 bond on the pursuit-related charges. He was given an additional $15,000 bond on the four failure to appear warrants.

The motorcycle he was operating was seized under the NC Run and You’re Done Law.


  1. Thank God no one was hurt. That speed is way to high and the motorcycle could have been like a bomb if it hit something. All I can say is the operator of the motorcycle is a animal with total disregard to other peoples life and property. I don’t care what could have happened to him since he had such total disregard for others. Great job JCSO…

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