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I-95 Chase Ends With Wreck in Sampson County

Posted February 7, 2008

— Authorities found drugs and cash in a car following a Thursday morning chase on Interstate 95 through Cumberland and Sampson counties.

A Cumberland County deputy was trying to stop a white Saturn that had been rented in Florida when the car sped off, authorities said. The reason for the traffic stop was unclear.

A 28-minute chase ensued along I-95, with the state Highway Patrol joining in the pursuit. The chase ended when the Saturn crashed in a ditch near Spivey's Corners, authorities said.

Authorities found three pounds of marijuana and some prescription drugs and cocaine in the car.

Two men in the car were taken into custody, and a woman in the car was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment after complaining of stomach pains, authorities said.


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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Feb 7, 2008

    I'm talking about my mom who is beginning to age a little, and who's reaction time ain't quite what it used to be, may panic when a convoy of cars going 110+ mph are heading her way. She might make a wrong move, and whammo, roadkill.

    Cops can wreck into innocent people. The people they are chasing can wreck into innocent people. A LOT can go wrong. It's ill-advised to condone anyone driving like that, even the cops. It's the OTHER people on the road that I'm concerned about. If the roads were empty, I'd say chase them till one of them runs outta gas!!!

  • You are Funny Feb 7, 2008

    the only reason you see so much about when someone inocent is injured or killed is because it makes NEWS and gets the average joe's attention...

  • You are Funny Feb 7, 2008

    Truth be Known: Actually, car chases aren't that unsafe. I think you said they usually end in a wreck. You may be right on that one. However, where you are wrong is where someone is injured. Usually, if someone is injured it is the person running. Normally the average person isn't involved. Just because the police back off doesn't keep the offender from backing off from high speeds. Plus most people don't even need the police behind them to make them drive fast just like the two pick ups I observed in excess of 100mph this morning driving in and out of traffic.

  • simracer68 Feb 7, 2008

    "I-95 doesn't go into Sampson County. Cumberland to Harnett to Johnston..."

    That's ok, the Fayetteville paper said that they then "proceeded on Wade-Stedman Rd to Sampson County" after the I95 part of the chase had occurred. Hate to tell them, but the Wade-Stedman Rd goes from Wade to (egad) Stedman, and never leaves Cumberland County. Now, W-S Rd does cross Hwy 13 (at the Four Points community), and Spivey's Corner is *the* intersection of Hwy 421 and Hwy 13, near Midway High School...So they are close to being correct I suppose. Maybe they took Wade-Stedman to Hwy 13 then to Spivey's Corner? lol That was an awful lot of twisting and turning to have been much of a "high speed chase".

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Feb 7, 2008

    And for that one success story, how many other chases ended up with innocent people dying? That's one example, and of course I'm glad it worked out. But what about that other recent high speed chase that ended up with an innocent civilian death?

    You can always find ONE example to support something. But when you can find countless examples that oppose what you support, you have to consider that, too.

  • thepeopleschamp Feb 7, 2008

    Truth, did you read the article Tar Heel Undergrad referred to? The police chased a car with Florida plates, that car was drived by a criminal that killed an honest Duke student for a cell phone and a wallet. Had they backed off and waited for him in Florida he would have never shown up and they would have never known who they were looking for in the first place. And we would have more dead citizens killed for their cell phone.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Feb 7, 2008

    I still say, let 'em run and catch 'em another day. If they reach a certain speed, they are a menace to society. Try roadblocks, and any of the other "usual" techniques for stopping these maniacs that run from the police. I just think it compounds the problem when the cops chase them at such high speeds. It puts too many innocent people in danger.

  • mustysteer Feb 7, 2008

    Glass Half Full, the article never stated that I-95 went through Sampson County. The chase ended when the car crashed near Spivey's Corner which IS in Sampson County.

  • thepeopleschamp Feb 7, 2008

    TruthBKnown Returns, what helicopter? I don't think Clinton and Spivey's Corner have a waiting helicopter hovering overhead waiting for a car chase. From what I have seen on Cops when the cars back off and the helicopters follow, the suspects always continue to rage down the highway. I wish there were some magical way to make criminals pull over but as of yet, there is not. So in the mean time it appears the best option left is to chase criminals with police cars. Criminals don't suddenly drive like Driver Ed teachers when the police car backs off of them, they are criminals, they don't care.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Feb 7, 2008

    "If they did not chase, he'd be free. Chases are necessary."

    I didn't say let them go scot-free. I said back off so they can slow down. Follow them with a helicopter, anything more discreet than a high speed chase. In your example, it turned out good. But what if they were going 120 mph and caused a family of five to die in a horrific accident? Wrecks happen more often than not in these chases, and there's too much potential for "civilian casualties".