Update June 26th – Rhaim Mosies Santiago has been located and arrested on the outstanding warrants.
SMITHFIELD – Law enforcement officers are searching for a 27 year-old man wanted after he struck a Smithfield police car during a chase through Downtown Smithfield then escaped on foot. Around 10:30pm Friday, police responded to a 911 call reporting a domestic disturbance on Parkview Circle. Before officers arrived, they received an update one of the individuals involved had left the scene in a vehicle.
A responding officer spotted the vehicle on Market Street and attempted to pull it over. The driver failed to stop and the brief pursuit quickly reached speeds of 50mph through Downtown Smithfield. At the intersection of Fifth and Market Streets, the suspect attempted to make a sudden left turn but instead struck a support pole in front of Tucker Furniture. The suspect put his car in reverse to attempt to flee but struck the front bumper of a Smithfield police cruiser that had stopped behind him.
The suspect fled from his car on foot. Police were assisted by Johnston County deputies and a Four Oaks Police Department K-9 but were unable to locate the suspect, identified as Rhaim Mosies Santiago of Clayton.
Warrants were obtained for his arrest. Once located, Santiago will be charged with fleeing to elude arrest, hit and run, and resisting and delaying. The 2000 Toyota he was operating was seized under the NC Run and You’re Done Law. Damage to the Toyota was placed at $1,000. The 2016 Dodge Charger patrol car also sustained approximately $1,000 in damage.
No injuries were reported.