Pursuit Suspect Identified And Arrested, JCSO Says

ANGIER – A suspect reportedly involved in a car chase with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested.

On July 1 around 2:51pm, a SAFE team deputy attempted to stop a silver Lexus displaying a fictitious license plate while traveling on Plainview Church Road, off NC 210.

The driver failed to stop and reached speeds of approximately 75 mph in a 55 mph zone while attempting to elude the officer.

The chase ended when the suspect pulled behind a home in the 900 block of Ridge Road and fled on foot.

The deputy lost sight of the individual. A K-9 was brought to the scene but could not locate the driver.

During a search of the Lexus, officers reportedly found a small amount of suspected narcotics.

Deputies were able to identify the driver as Pablo Lopez, age 35, of the 900 block of Ridge Road, Angier. Warrants were obtained for his arrest.

On July 5, Lopez was located and charged with nine different offenses including felony fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving, speeding, driving on a revoked license, fictitious/altered tag, resisting a public officer, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, and two felony counts of possessing a controlled substance.

Pablo Lopez was transported to the Johnston County Detention Center where a magistrate set his bond at $75,000.

The Lexus was seized under the Run and Done Law.

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