Troopers Use PIT Maneuver To End 137 MPH High Speed Chase

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BENSON – A State Trooper used a PIT maneuver to end a high speed chase in Johnston County with a teenage felon on probation.

It started at 1:11am Saturday on Interstate 40 at the 323 mile marker outside of Benson. Trooper C.M. Wilson attempted to stop a Nissan Sentra for speeding 87 mph in a 70 mph zone.

The Nissan driver refused to stop and accelerated to speeds of 137 mph on Interstate 40.

The suspect exited off I-40 onto Highway 210 where he reportedly ran a stop sign and reached speeds of 118 mph in a 55 mph zone while traveling on Highway 210 towards Smithfield.

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The chase then turned off Highway 210 onto Lassiter Pond Road near Four Oaks. After a short distance, the driver slowed to turn onto Sassarixa Trail. That’s when a trooper performed a PIT maneuver ending the pursuit.

Ali Qasim Lateef Alzubaidi, age 19, of Fayetteville, was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, speeding 87 mph in a 70 mph zone, speeding 137 mph in a 70 mph zone, speeding 118 mph in a 55 mph zone, driving on a revoked license, possession of marijuana up to one half ounce, reckless driving, and a seat belt violation. Alzubaidi was confined in the Johnston County Jail under a $238,000 secured bond.

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At the time of the pursuit, officials said Alzubaidi was free from jail on a $119,000 bond in Cumberland County awaiting trial for attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

According to the NC Department of Public Safety website, Alzubaidi was convicted in Cumberland County in March 2021 on 15 felonies including 11 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle, two larceny offenses, breaking and entering, and a drug possession charge. He received a suspended sentence and was placed on probation.

The Highway Patrol seized the Nissan Sentra rental car Alzubaidi was driving Saturday morning. No injuries were reported during the chase.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Released on a prior bond and runs away from what could have been a traffic ticket..But now in deeper trouble at a young age..

  2. I call on JoCo District Attorney Susan Doyle to do the job that the Cumberland County DA’s office couldn’t. Prosecute this criminal and put him in jail where he belongs. Do NOT accept a plea deal or reduce his charges! Send a message to would be criminals to stay out of JoCo!

  3. 137MPH in a Nissan Sentra?? Was he going down hill?? Also he should have never been out in the first place. On March 2021 15 felonies…. Then RELEASED on bond for attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He was on probation….. So why did you not keep him in jail??

  4. Our justice system at work…. Out on bond from attempted 1st degree murder… what do you mean he didn’t self rehab? Why would he when the courts are working for him rather than the safety of the public!

  5. Hopefully he gets put away for good….. from attempted 1st degree murder then breaking and entering to all the other charges he’s a no good poor scum. No need to have someone like this out on the streets he is a danger to society!

  6. He definitely needs to get some serious time… 11 counts of breaking and entering? How down bad can someone be. Just get a job bum! he needs 30 years minimum

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