Update: Driver Waving Machete Nearly Hits Two School Buses During Chase

A Smithfield man will face a long list of charges following his release from the hospital following a chase Monday afternoon in the Cleveland community. A deputy sheriff was also injured.

Around 1:20pm, a Johnston County sheriff’s deputy was on routine patrol when he spotted a blue pickup driven by Charles Terry Poole, 58, of the 800 block of S. 6th Street, Smithfield.  The officer knew that Poole did not have a license and attempted to stop his truck.

Poole failed to stop for a blue light and siren and while fleeing from officers began waving a machete.  Poole almost struck two school buses head on during the brief but dangerous pursuit.

Officers decided to end the chase using a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver. When Poole pulled into the rear parking lot of the CVS on Highway 42 at Cleveland Road, a deputy conducted the PIT maneuver.

At the end of the chase, there was a struggle between Poole and deputies. A Sheriff’s K-9 bit the suspect during the struggle to detain him.

Poole and one deputy were transported to Wake Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.   The name of the deputy was not immediately released.

Once Poole is discharged from Wake Medical Center he will be taken before a magistrate to face numerous charges.