Suspect Attempts To Outrun Officers In Volkswagen Beetle

SMITHFIELD – A 24 year-old man was arrested after he reportedly fled from Johnston County deputies in a 2008 Volkswagen Beetle. The chase lasted about four miles.

Just after 8:00pm Thursday, a SAFE Team deputy got behind the Volkswagen at the Interstate 95 and Brogden Road interchange (Exit 93). The Volkswagen turned onto the southbound on-ramp at a high rate of speed. The officer used his radar to clock the car traveling 86 mph in a 65 mph zone as soon as the vehicle entered the southbound travel lanes.

The deputy turned on his blue lights and siren to stop the driver, however, the suspect accelerated and began weaving around slower moving vehicles. At one point, the deputy clocked the vehicle at 110 miles per hour.

Deputies said the driver attempted to exit off I-95 at US 701 (Exit 90) but was traveling too fast. The vehicle spun around on the exit ramp, struck a curb, and was damaged. The suspect attempted to drive away but only made it a short distance before the vehicle became disabled.

Amador Garcia of the 400 block of North Street, Smithfield was taken into custody. Garcia was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger, speeding, and driving on a revoked license. He was held under a $25,000 secured bond at the Johnston County Jail.

The VW Beetle was impounded.

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