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Four Oaks police vehicle crashes, flips during chase

Posted April 21, 2015

— A Four Oaks police officer was injured Tuesday afternoon after his cruiser crashed and flipped on U.S. Highway 301 during a chase.

A Johnston County Sheriff's Office deputy and a third vehicle was involved in the pursuit, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The chase started in Newton Grove, authorities said.

Troopers did not provide any further information about the crash Tuesday night.

Authorities were chasing a motorcycle when the officer's vehicle overturned in Ben Baker's driveway.

"It was a big parade of law enforcement when they came through here," he said.

The Four Oaks officer, whose name has not been released, tried to avoid another car on the road, Baker said.

"He swerved, hit the drain cauldron, and when he did he just laid over," he said. "I would have thought, by the impact, that it would roll down the highway, you know. It stopped on a dime."

The officer was able to escape the vehicle by kicking out a window. He was bleeding badly from the head, Baker said.

Moments later, the motorcycle that was being chased returned to the scene.

It's operator was apprehended in Danny Poston's yard.

"They got him, knocked him off the bike and handcuffed him," he said.

Investigators have not released the name or charges of the motorcycle driver.


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  • Alexia Proper Apr 22, 2015
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    And we have to ask: was this chase worth it? What if there had been a small child playing in that driveway or in the culvert? What if the officer lost his life?

    There is no reason to race down the highway to catch somebody. Eventually, the person will be caught. There must be some kind of strange mentality that a suspect can just run off into the wild west and escape. That's not possible anymore. Eventually, they will get caught. Either that, or they will become model citizens to avoid getting caught. Either way works.

  • Brian Hill Apr 22, 2015
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    They shouldn't have been trying to chase him to begin with. Just get his tags and catch up to him later. There is no way a 2 ton car is going to be able to catch up to a motorcycle; the only reason they caught him is because, for whatever reason, he decided to return.

  • Jeff Abbott Apr 22, 2015
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    Umm, because the scumbag caused the accident??

  • Quid Malmborg Apr 22, 2015
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    "Drain cauldron?" I believe the correct term is "culvert." Google the term "drain cauldron" and see what you get. Nothing remotely related to anything one could hit with a vehicle causing it to flip over, unless maybe someone leaves their cauldron lying in the road (and why one would do that I've no idea).

    BTW, I hope the cop didn't break his watch.

  • Bo Hart Apr 22, 2015
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    if he returned to the scene why did they have to "knock him off the bike" just mad because they couldn't cath him ....