WILSON’S MILLS – Wilson’s Mills Police have released the names of three people arrested Thanksgiving Day after the suspects reportedly sped away from a traffic stop with a flatbed trailer loaded with stolen building materials.
Wilson’s Mills Police Chief A.Z. Williams said around 7:00am Thursday, an officer observed a GMC pickup truck pulling a two-axle flatbed trailer loaded with 2×4 lumber and plywood pulling out of the Mill Creek Subdivision off Powhatan Road. Due to the time of the morning and recent thefts from the subdivision, and the suspicious nature of the truck leaving a new construction site loaded with lumber, an investigative traffic stop was made on Powhatan Road near Southerland Road.
The officer approached the pickup and told the driver to turn off the vehicle. The driver said he could not turn the vehicle off because it would not crank back up. When the officer repeated the request, the driver, Randy Thomas Hunt, Jr., 31, of Pembroke, NC reportedly put the truck into drive and drove off at a high rate of speed.
Approximately one mile down the road, the pickup abruptly came to a stop and two men got out and attempted to unhitch the trailer. The officer exited his patrol car and advised both men to stop and to show their hands but neither complied. Hunt and the male passenger got back into the pickup and drove off at a high rate of speed with the trailer still connected.
Police pursued the pickup and trailer down Powhatan Road then onto Highway 70 Business where Hunt reportedly began driving on the wrong side of the four-lane highway. Police said at least four oncoming vehicles had to swerve to avoid being hit.
The chase, which reached speeds of 100 miles per hour, continued from Highway 70 Business onto the Highway 70 Bypass, back through Wilson’s Mills, and then through the Selma city limits where the fleeing truck ran a red light before turning southbound on Interstate 95.
State troopers deployed stop sticks and flattened two tires on the truck but the vehicle continued on. While approaching the I-95 Brogden Road interchange (Exit 93), a state trooper pushed the vehicle against a tree and the suspects were detained.
Chief Williams said in plain sight, between the driver and passenger seat, was a fully loaded AR 15 rifle. Cocaine and marijuana were also found in the truck.
Hunt and two passengers, Brian Scott Alexander, age 54, of Red Springs, NC, and Justina Nicole Callahan, age 31, of Rowland, NC, were arrested on multiple charges. Hunt was held on a $124,300 secured bond, Alexander a $85,000 secured bond, and Callahan a $70,000 secured bond.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Selma Police Department, Smithfield Police Department, Four Oaks Police Department and NC Highway Patrol assisted Wilson’s Mills Police with the incident.