Teenager Arrested For Speeding

A Johnston County SAFE Team deputy arrested a teenager Tuesday afternoon who was allegedly driving recklessly and speeding on US 70 near Pine Level.

Around 3:00pm, the deputy was running radar on US 70 when he spotted a Chevy Tahoe traveling westbound on US 70 at 89 mph in a 55 mph zone.  The deputy was able to catch up with the SUV and conduct a traffic stop.

Colton Tyler Ward, 17, of Bizzell-Braswell Road, Princeton was taken into custody and charged with speeding and reckless driving. He was given a $2,500 bond.

The arrest happened just one day after Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell announced SAFE Team deputies had issued 186 citations during a two-day Easter enforcement campaign on April 13-14 on US 70 between Selma and Princeton. 82 of the drivers were ticketed for speeding 70 mph or greater in a 55 mph zone. Another 69 drivers were given warning citations for speeding up to 69 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Sheriff Bizzell said the campaign followed numerous complaints about speeding motorists on US 70 in Johnston County.