NEWTON GROVE – A sex offender wanted for a parole violation is back behind bars but only after a high speed chase with Johnston County law enforcement officers.
On November 3, probation and parole requested deputies assist them with locating Johnnie Elmer Williams, age 27, of Erwin. Williams, a convicted sex offender, had absconded from probation. Officers received information he was at a home on Thornton Road, Newton Grove, in southern Johnston County.
As deputies and probation officers arrived at the address, Williams was spotted running to a car, jumping inside, then fleeing the yard onto Thornton Road.
Deputies attempted to stop the Pontiac he was driving but he failed to pull over. The chase reached speeds of 100 miles per hour before the suspect stopped on Randall Chapel Road and ran across a field.
Deputies pursued Williams on foot and ordered him to stop running. He refused and was tased.
Williams was arrested on multiple offenses including fleeing to elude arrest, possession of methamphetamine, resisting a public officers, speeding, reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to report a new address as a sex offender and parole violation.
Williams was arrested in 2018 and later convicted for the sex assault of a 14 year-old juvenile.