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Search Continues for Driver in Car Chase

Posted September 9, 2007

— Authorities are continuing to search for the driver in a car chase that injured a state trooper in Harnett County on Saturday night.

The state Highway Patrol identified the driver as Jimmy Parnell, 30, of Erwin. Troopers described Parnell as having a shaved face and long red hair.

The suspect is not armed, but troopers said he should be considered dangerous because of his desperate actions during the chase and ensuing search.

On Saturday night, Trooper Bryan Barbour attempted to pull over a car for speeding on Red Hill Church Road in Coats. Parnell refused to pull over, and Barbour pursued him.

Barbour swerved and ran into a ditch when he rounded a curve and saw Parnell slowing to pull into a driveway.

Barbour was treated for an injured arm and released from Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn for an injured arm.

Parnell and his passenger jumped out of the car and ran into the woods. Officers apprehended the passenger, Jason Parnell, 20, who was cited and released at the scene.

Jason Parnell is charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Jimmy Parnell is wanted on two felony charges of hit-and-run and speeding to elude arrest. Troopers also filed 11 additional misdemeanor charges against him.

Jimmy Parnell is currently on probation for an earlier offense, but troopers did not release details about the circumstances of his probation.

The two men are brothers, troopers said.

On Saturday night, troopers and the Harnett County Sheriff's Office called off the search after they said they received information about the driver and expected to make an arrest.

Anyone with information on Jimmy Parnell's whereabouts is asked to call the Harnett County Highway Patrol at 910-893-5704.


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  • thepeopleschamp Sep 11, 2007

    There's nothing like a LEO expert that Monday morning quarterbacks from behind their keyboard. Thank you NCSHP for stopping when you did so it was not somebody I know that could have been killed. I don't care if it was an inspection sticker they were chasing them for, which was NOT the case.

    Anyone who thinks they know NCSHP job better than the ones that actually do it everyday for a living should mention where they work so we can tell you what your organization screws up.

  • retired and luv it Sep 10, 2007

    Thank God no innocent people got hurt in another "chase" What did these guys do; have an expired inspection sticker?

  • Bing Used Sep 10, 2007

    Why don't these people realize that running makes it worse?

  • saywhaaaaat Sep 10, 2007


  • ltbarkley Sep 10, 2007

    He is in serious trouble - best thing he could do right now is turn himself in.

  • the alliance Sep 10, 2007

    We need to get that suspect chasing dude. He sounds like a bad citizen that needs to be punished.

  • TruthBKnown Sep 10, 2007

    So the driver and passenger ran on foot, and they caught just the passenger.

    Reminds me of a line I heard somewhere, two guys were talking about running from a bear in the woods. One of them said I don't have to outrun the bear. I just have to be able to outrun YOU!

    Then again, maybe the one that got caught was actually driving, and was able to pin that rap on the other guy.

  • Love my boys Sep 10, 2007

    Praying for a speedy recovery for Trooper Barbour. Hopefully, the suspect will be found soon.

  • ncguy Sep 10, 2007

    He'll be caught in no time!

  • pomodoroz Sep 10, 2007

    A shaved face and long red hair. Has anyone seen Carrot Top lately?