Mechanical Issue Ends Highway 70 Chase


SMITHFIELD – A Johnston County man operating a stolen dirt bike on Highway 70 East was arrested following a chase that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The pursuit ended when the bike experienced mechanical issues.

At 3:40am Sunday, a sheriff’s deputy was on routine patrol on Highway 70, about two miles east of Smithfield, when he spotted a dirt bike traveling in the roadway without a headlight. The officer attempted to stop the operator, but the suspect accelerated to speeds over 100 mph in a 60 mph zone.

The chase ended a short time later on Highway 70 when the dirt bike broke down. Authorities said the dirt bike had been reported stolen in Wayne County.

Dimitrious Oshey Murray, 24, of Kay Drive, Smithfield was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest, speeding, reckless driving, driving on a revoked license and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.  

Murray was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $75,000 secured bond. 

No injuries were reported.