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Man charged with trying to run over Pitt deputies

Posted February 6, 2011

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— Pitt County sheriff's deputies say that a Greenville man tried to run them over while being served with a warrant for not paying child support.

Christy Wallace, spokeswoman for the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, said that narcotics detectives got a tip Friday about the whereabouts Joseph Earl Highsmith Jr., 37, of 1606 Hopkins Drive Apartment B, who had been wanted for the past year on a charge of non-support of a child.

Detectives stopped and then surrounded a Chevrolet pickup truck at East 10th Street and River Bluff Drive, according to Wallace. She said that Highsmith then put the truck into drive, accelerated straight at the detectives and nearly ran them over.

The detectives weren't injured, and Highsmith, who received minor injuries, was arrested, Wallace said. He was treated at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and then placed in the Pitt County jail.

In addition to non-support of a child, Highsmith was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, four counts of resisting a public officer, one count of driving with a revoked license and several other charges. His bond was set at $407,085.80.

Highsmith's criminal record dates to 1992 and includes convictions for assault on a female, felony drug possession and larceny, according to state Department of Correction records.

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  • WooHoo2You Feb 7, 2011

    Where's all the outraged citizen commentary calling for the ban of these deadly weapons of mass destruction (vehicles). There surely would be some if he had fired a gun instead.-nighthunter

    If someone had been shot there would be dozens of comments saying it could / would have been prevented if there were armed citizens around.

  • kdavis23 Feb 7, 2011

    My brother talks about how great Greenville is to live. They are in the news as much as Durham here lately. Uhm, big cities, big crime. I think I will just move to Roxboro. Have you been there and talked to those people. They are the kindest and most hospitable people ive ever seen and low crime rates too.

  • u stand corrected Feb 7, 2011

    Cars should be banned too.

  • mad_dash Feb 7, 2011

    Ohhh Im sure he just had a bad childhood and all... lets all just give him a hug and that will make everything better... lol

  • nighthunter Feb 7, 2011

    Where's all the outraged citizen commentary calling for the ban of these deadly weapons of mass destruction (vehicles). There surely would be some if he had fired a gun instead.