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Johnston County traffic stop, chase bust two wanted felons

Posted December 14, 2011

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— A traffic stop for speeding in Johnston County Tuesday led to a high-speed chase and the arrests of two break-in suspects, state troopers said.

A trooper pulled over a 1996 Oldsmobile around 3:20 p.m. after clocking it at 72 mph in a 55-mph zone on N.C. Highway 39, near N.C. Highway 42, authorities said. The trooper took driver Gloria Ann Foust, 32, to the patrol car for questioning after discovering that her license was suspended.

Her passenger, Miguel Cordell Chestnut, 24, then jumped into the driver's seat of the Oldsmobile and sped away, troopers said. Authorities pursued Chestnut, who they say drove over 100 mph at one point.

The chase ended when the Oldsmobile crashed into another vehicle on N.C. 42, near Buffalo Road. Troopers said Chestnut tried to run away but was caught.

Investigators said the car was filled with wrapped Christmas gifts they believe were taken from a home on Price Road near Selma shortly before the traffic stop. Foust and Chestnut are also being investigated in connection with other break-ins in northern Johnston County.

Foust, of 309 Hunting Drive in Selma, was charged with felony breaking and entering, driving with revoked license and speeding. She was also charged with outstanding warrants for attempted breaking-and-entering in Johnston County and a felony probation violation and felony breaking-and-entering from Wilson.

Bond information for her was unavailable.

She is listed as an absconder from probation by the state Department of Correction. Online records show she has six convictions dating to 2001, including embezzlement, trespassing, communicating threats and driving with revoked license.

Chestnut, of 1200 Industrial Ave. in Wilson, was charged with felony breaking and entering, hit-and-run, felony speeding to elude arrest, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving, speeding, improper passing and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer. He was also served with outstanding warrants for a probation violation in Wilson County and failure to pay a citation in Johnston County.

He was given an $89,000 secured bond.

Chestnut served a 4-month sentence earlier this year for various driving violations, DOC records state. He also spent 2½ years in prison for 2006 convictions for assault inflicting serious injury and common-law robbery.


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  • jetset Dec 14, 2011

    Wow....now, aren't they just the cat's meow?.....nothing better to do on a weekday afternoon....let's go steal some child's Christmas presents....maybe resale them and buy some drugs....

  • justafella Dec 14, 2011

    Not all of us LEO-NC.

  • Jeremiah Dec 14, 2011

    "I agree rehabilitation will not work. So why place them in prison, where our tax dollars will be used to feed and shelter them? Death penalty is the answer."

    you're in the wrong country man. you should probably move to communist china, or islamic iran, where theifs are killed. you might like it over there. as long as you don't do something to get yourself killed.

  • spartacuscapua1 Dec 14, 2011

    well done!!!

  • Just Mojo Dec 14, 2011

    I wonder if this pair was the ones that broke into my house in Wilsons Mills last year? I want my tv back!

  • WRALSUCKS Dec 14, 2011

    Good job officers!

  • saywhaaaaat Dec 14, 2011

    Get a J.O.B. and stop stealing from the hard working people.

  • b5fan Dec 14, 2011

    Wonder how the people who were hit by the fleeing criminal are doing? I notice that didn't make it into the story.

  • leo-nc Dec 14, 2011

    "Cherrypicker....the troopers do their jobs everyday and NIGHT while you're sleeping. These arrests happen everyday. This incident just happened to be "cherrypicked" by the media."---

    That's exactly right. But people are clueless and always will be.

  • udaycoosay Dec 14, 2011

    Next stop - Car Safety Czar in DC.