Two County Chase Leads To Arrest Of Johnston Co Man

CLAYTON – A 33 year-old man is facing multiple charges following not one, but two high speed chases.

At approximately 2:44am Sunday, Clayton Police attempted to stop a vehicle. The driver refused to stop and accelerated away from officers. Police ended the pursuit a short time later on US Highway 70.

Minutes later, a Johnston County deputy reportedly spotted the vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 70 without any headlights and at a high rate of speed. The deputy attempted a traffic stop, but once again the driver refused to pull over.

The pursuit entered Wake County, then onto I-40, before returning to US 70. While traveling through a residential neighborhood, the driver jumped and ran. After a brief foot chase, the suspect was apprehended.

Davis McKinnon Priest, of Lake Drive, Clayton was arrested on multiple charges including two counts of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and two counts of reckless driving. He was also charged with driving while impaired, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to burn headlamps, failure to stop for a red light, and failure to maintain lane control.

Priest was held Sunday morning under a $1 million bond in the Johnston County Jail. Authorities did not say what type of vehicle he was allegedly operating during the pursuit.


  1. There is two more things they forgot to charge him with,
    1) Being a total moron
    2) Being as ugly as sin.
    I thank God no LEO’s or innocent people were injured.
    God that is fell from the ugly tree.

  2. I’ve been acquainted with this individual. He once got road rage with me and followed me to municipal park where he threatened me with a golf club he procured from his trunk before driving away. This occurred about 14 years ago. Clean yourself up, Davis.

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