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Larceny suspect from Durham arrested after three-county chase

Posted May 7, 2013
Updated May 8, 2013

— A Durham man accused of breaking into a Clinton business was arrested Tuesday night after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a three-county chase on Interstate 40, according to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

Barry Eugene Helms, 48, of 606 Red Oak Ave., has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1983, including multiple larceny convictions, according to state Department of Corrections records. 

Helms was in the Sampson County jail Wednesday, charged with assault with a deadly on a government official, fleeing/eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, assault physical injury, breaking or entering, fishing without a license, reckless driving to endanger, resisting a public officer, speeding, failure to heed light or siren and unsafe passing.

Authorities said Helms rented a pickup truck in Durham and then tried to break into Quality Farm Finance in Clinton. When police arrived at the business, Helms fled, leading authorities on a chase through Sampson, Johnston and Wake counties.

The chase ended with a crash at I-40 and Gorman Street, where Helms tried to run away on foot, authorities said. He was quickly apprehended.

The Sampson County Sheriff's Office, Newton Grove Police Department, Johnston County Sheriff's Office, Wake County Sheriff's Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol participated in the pursuit.


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  • Rebelyell55 May 9, 2013

    fishing without a license?? Huh? Am I missing something here?

    May 8, 2013 6:09 p.m.
    ..........Thinking the same thing, but he could of had a cooler of fish in the back and claimed them?

  • SomeRandomGuy May 8, 2013

    fishing without a license?? Huh? Am I missing something here?

  • Bartmeister May 8, 2013

    It shouldn't be but this whole story is a funny joke. And the mug shot is the punch line!!

  • I know some stuff May 8, 2013

    Everyone is darned lucky that no citizen was injured. The story could have been Very different, and very tragic, and for what...a petty larceny? Sorry, but the risk that was taken and the high danger to the public, does not justify THIS one. Maybe some others, but not this one.

  • ncsu91938 May 8, 2013

    The name of the business in the story is incorrect. The correct name is Quality Equipment LLC.

  • labmonkey69 May 8, 2013

    Also charged with fishing without a license. At what point did he stop during the chase to throw a line out?

  • mike honcho May 8, 2013


    Thats just an anti-Police comment.

  • outdoor592000 May 8, 2013

    373737, Imagine a world where criminals simply can 'take off', and rules would be 'Well, we can't chase him', because of people who think like you. What would stop the criminals from committing crimes under those guidelines? It would be a 'free-for-all'.............just think about it.

  • Billy the Kid May 8, 2013

    So the law should only be applied to those who willlingly submit to it. Got it. Makes sense!

    How about 20 years for speeding to elude? This guy will be back on the streets in no time.

  • InTheNo May 8, 2013

    Before I read the story, I was thinking... there go those guys with their flashing lights and skinned heads and shiny boots chasing somebody down the highway, risking the lives of a lot of innocent people and we're all lucky it didn't end in a crash. Then I read the story and found out that it did end in a crash. This time I guess we got lucky and we didn't have some family coming back from iHop get killed over some break in at a darn loan office. I guess they thought he was a big danger, maybe stole some manila folders out of the desk drawers or something.