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Attempted traffic stop becomes high-speed chase instead

Posted June 26, 2008

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— A Smithfield man was arrested late Wednesday after authorities were led on a high-speed chase through two counties.

Johnny Phillips, 41, was charged with driving while impaired, driving reckless to endanger and fleeing and eluding and arrest with a motor vehicle.

A Highway Patrol trooper tried to pull a car over near the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and Wayne Memorial Drive in Goldsboro for speeding Wednesday night, but the driver took off on U.S. 70, authorities said. The chase lasted about 30 minutes, reaching speeds of 100 mph, before a Johnston County deputy used "stop sticks" to flatten the car's tires, authorities said.

The car spun around and started heading the wrong way on U.S. 70 before the driver abandoned the car near the Rains Mill Road intersection in Princeton and fled on foot, authorities said.

The driver was arrested after a brief foot chase, authorities said.

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  • mammothman53 Jun 26, 2008

    Sounds like something from "Worlds Wildest Police Videos".

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Jun 26, 2008

    Hey Peebles 262004..unusual name, its my middle name(from Scotland...

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Jun 26, 2008

    drove over 100 mph and then ran from police...I probably couldn't do either...am I impaired ....?

  • WLDPIG Jun 26, 2008

    GOES TO SHOW, YOU BETTER BE IN SHAPE WHEN YOU GET OUT
    AND RUN FROM JOHNNY LAW

  • pebbles262004 Jun 26, 2008

    Glad no one was hurt...This man looks like he has lived a rough life, if he is only in his 40's..........