NEWTON GROVE – An intense manhunt by law enforcement officers took place Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 40 at the Johnston-Sampson County line. It began when a state trooper in Johnston County attempted to stop a stolen Lexus traveling eastbound on I-40. The driver failed to pull over.
The chase reached speeds in excess of 110 miles per hour until the driver stopped alongside I-40 just inside the Sampson County line and fled on foot into a wooded area beside the interstate. The female suspect fled so quickly she left her flip flops beside the stolen car.
Numerous state troopers, a Highway Patrol helicopter, Johnston County deputies, and a sheriff’s office K-9 searched for the driver. The suspect was reportedly captured more than an hour later in the woods between I-40 and Highway 50 South. The woman was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
Her name has not been released. No injuries were reported.