Man Charged With Speeding 157 MPH During Chase

A two county high speed chase ended near Princeton Sunday morning after deputies were able to use stop sticks to deflate the tires on the fleeing vehicle.

It began around 12:30am in Goldsboro. Police said they received a report of several vehicles racing on US 70. About 15 minutes later, officers spotted two vehicles pull up side-by-side and begin racing.  Police tried to stop the two cars but the driver of a black 2000 Chevy Camaro SS failed to stop.   The pursuit was quickly terminated on US 70 West due to excessive speeds but officers were able to keep the Camaro in sight as it traveled westbound towards Johnston County.

Prior to reaching the county line, Wayne County deputies deployed a tire deflation device on US 70 near Capps Bridge Road.  The speeding car struck the stop sticks but continued on into Johnston County before the driver finally stopped near US 70 and Old Cornwallis Road.

Mark Allen Crabtree, 29, of Chapel Hill was charged with fleeing to elude arrest by Goldsboro Police.  The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office charged him with damage to property.  The NC Highway Patrol charged Crabtree with speeding 157mph in a 55mph zone and reckless driving.

Crabtree’s Camaro was seized under the North Carolina “Run & You’re Done” law.

Police are still trying to identify, locate and charge the other drivers involved in the race.