JOHNSTON COUNTY – A teenage driver is facing multiple traffic charges following a high speed chase and violent collision.
Around 11:30pm Friday, a Johnston County deputy was traveling on US 70 Business in the Clayton city limits and clocked on radar a yellow Dodge Charger traveling at 130 miles per hour.
The deputy began pursuing the speeding Charger but the chase was called off a short time later when he lost sight of the vehicle.
Later, another deputy spotted the Charger speeding near Smithfield and again tried to stop it. The Charger turned onto Cleveland Road and reached speeds over 130 miles per hour. The officer lost sight of the vehicle and ended the chase.
Minutes later, first responders were dispatched to a single vehicle accident on Interstate 40 at the Cleveland Road overpass. Authorities arrived and discovered it was the Charger involved in the two previous pursuits.
The State Highway Patrol said the Charger was traveling on Cleveland Road and just before the I-40 bridge ran off the roadway, traveled 185 feet through the air, then crashed into a concrete barrier beside the interstate and flipped end over end.
Troopers said the car traveled 1,000 feet from the location it ran off Cleveland Road to where it came to rest on the opposite side of I-40. The car’s engine was located 50 feet away from the wrecked vehicle.
The 17 year-old driver, the only occupant, was transported to WakeMed for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
He faces multiple charges from the State Highway Patrol and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.