A man wanted on kidnapping and assault charges in Wilson County was arrested today (Monday) after leading Johnston County authorities on a 16-mile chase that reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The pursuit began around 11:30am on Highway 301 near the Johnston-Wilson County line in Kenly.
A SAFE Team deputy was using radar and clocked a car traveling at 130 miles per hour on Highway 301 just inside Johnston County. The deputy attempted to stop the speeding vehicle but the driver refused to pull over. The chase continued on Highway 301 South of Kenly, through the towns of Micro, Selma and Smithfield. In Smithfield, officers were able to successfully deploy stop sticks at Market Street (US 70) at Highway 301. The car became disabled on Brogden Road at the entrance to Food Lion, where the driver jumped and ran.
Numerous law enforcement officers responded to the shopping center and located the suspect moments later inside a Subway restaurant.
Authorities said the suspect, Raekwon Rogers, 23, of Wilson, struck one vehicle during the chase, however no law enforcement vehicles were struck or damaged. No injuries were reported.
Rogers had outstanding warrants from Wilson County for second degree kidnapping, assault on a female, assault and battery, violation of a court order, felony fleeing to elude arrest, expired registration, and driving on a revoked license.