CLAYTON – Two Johnston County teenagers were arrested for allegedly racing on Highway 42 near Clayton.
Just after 2:00am Sunday, a sheriff’s deputy was on patrol eastbound on Highway 42 in Cleveland near the I-40 interchange. The officer observed a Ford Mustang and Infiniti, well-ahead of him, pull up side-by-side then allegedly start to race. The speeding cars ran through a red light on Highway 42 at the entrance to the Cleveland Walmart then began illegally passing other vehicles at a high rate of speed.
The deputy began to try and overtake the two speeding cars and radioed for other officers to assistance. The deputy was able to get close enough to the two vehicles on Highway 42 near the entrance to Johnston Health to clock the vehicles on his radar speeding 117mph in a 45mph zone. Finally, near the Guy Road intersection, the officer was able to stop the speeding Mustang. A second deputy stopped the Infiniti as it entered the Town of Clayton.
Nasir George Youngblood, 19, of Averasboro Drive, Clayton and Tariq Naim Muhammed Bush, 19, of Nancy Court, Clayton were both charged with engaging in a speed competition, speeding and reckless driving. All three charges are misdemeanors. Both teens were released on $2,000 secured bonds.
No accidents or injuries were reported.