A Smithfield man was arrested after he allegedly avoided a license checkpoint then fled from police. Felix Alejarder Ponce, 32, of E. Rose Street, is facing charges stemming from the incident.
On May 19th at 12:49pm, Smithfield Police were conducting a checkpoint on Front Street near Johnston Street. Officers said a Ford Taurus began to approach the officers but just prior to the checkpoint, the driver reportedly put the car in reverse, turned around, and sped away. Police began to pursue the vehicle but a supervisor called off the chase.
Officers were able to identify the driver and a short time later located the abandoned Ford, which was seized.
With the assistance of Johnston County deputies, Ponce was arrested about three hours later at a home on Viajar Way off Cleveland Road on a felony warrant for fleeing to elude arrest. Ponce was given a $10,000 bond.
No injuries were reported during the pursuit.