Wanted Person Crashes Car While Fleeing From Police

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SELMA – A wanted person was injured after crashing his car into tree while fleeing from police.  It started at 12:13am Wednesday on W. Noble Street in Selma.

A Selma police officer stopped a blue Mercury SUV for having an expired license plate. During a routine background check it was determined the driver, Charles Timothy Foster Jr. of Winston Salem, was wanted for a domestic warrant and two failure to appear warrants for possession of a stolen firearm and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

When asked to exit the vehicle, police said Foster sped away from the traffic stop.  While traveling on W. Noble Street, the chase reached speeds of approximately 100 mph in a 35 mph zone.  The officer lost sight of the SUV before reaching Buffalo Road.

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A civilian told police the vehicle traveled down the dead end of W. Noble Street. Police located the wrecked SUV against a tree and precariously close to a creek.

Foster, who was severely pinned in the vehicle, was reportedly waving his hand out of the vehicle yelling for help. He reportedly told officers repeatedly that he was sorry.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to free Foster from the wreckage before he was transported to Wake Medical Center for treatment of head and leg injuries.

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Once released from the hospital, Foster will be served with the outstanding warrants plus charges stemming from the pursuit.

The Selma Fire Department, Smithfield Fire Department, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, and State Highway Patrol responded to the accident scene.