Suspect Crashes Stolen SUV During High Speed Chase

A suspect who fled from a traffic stop Sunday night was captured after wrecking the stolen SUV he was driving.

Around 10:45pm, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a noise complaint in the area of the community pool in The Meadows of Southfort Plantation subdivision off Jersey Court in the Cleveland area.   When officers arrived, the driver of a silver Nissan SUV attempted to leave the area without any headlights.  The officer, who was on foot, issued three verbal commands to stop before the driver complied.  While speaking with the driver, the officer said he detected a faint odor of marijuana.

Michael Ameen Payne, 20, of Durham reportedly told the officer he didn’t have a driver’s license.  The deputy went back to his patrol car to run a license and warrants check on Payne.  While the deputy was still inside his patrol car running the driver’s information, Payne sped away driving through the subdivision without any headlights.

The officer caught up to the SUV and began pursuing the vehicle as it turned onto Cleveland Road.  The vehicle quickly reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. As the driver attempted to make a turn onto Barber Mill Road from Cleveland Road, he ran off the roadway and struck a ditch.

Deputies had to pry the door open to remove Payne from the wrecked SUV.  Payne was checked out by EMS at the scene and transported by officers to the Johnston County Jail where he faces a long list of charges.

Officers later determined the SUV had been reported stolen to Mebane Police.

Payne was held on a $100,000 bond charged with fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, driving without a license, driving without insurance, and having a fictitious license plate.  No injuries were reported during the late-night chase.