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Two break-in suspects caught, third escapes after chase

Posted January 30, 2009

— Goldsboro police chased a car occupied by three break-in suspects early Friday and arrested two, but the third person escaped.

State troopers said the chase started around 1:30 a.m., when police spotted the car and pursued it for a half-hour around Goldsboro.

Troopers said they took over the chase and, after a few miles, a trooper forced the suspects to stop in front of a church. The trooper performed a PIT maneuver, in which an officer uses a cruiser to bump a chased car out of control.

The three suspects jumped out of the car and ran. Troopers caught the driver – identified as Joseph Sims, 19, of Goldsboro – after a brief foot chase, and Goldsboro officers captured a 16-year-old suspect from Goldsboro.

A second passenger, whose name has not been released, escaped and remains at large, troopers said.

Sims was taken to a local hospital for observation, but was treated, released and taken to the Wayne County Jail.

Sims faces charges of felony fleeing to elude, driving with a revoked license, driving 65 mph in a 24 mph zone and numerous other traffic violations.

Police consider Sims, the 16-year-old and the second passenger as suspects in a break-in at Romellos Clothing Store on Berkley Boulevard.

Sims and the 16-year-old face breaking-and-entering charges in that incident. The teen was also charged with resisting an officer.


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  • FromClayton Jan 30, 2009

    you let him get away! How many police were there? They could see how many suspects were in the car. they rode around for 30 minutes. they should have had at least 2-3 cops per suspect so when they all jumped and ran they could have divided and conqured.

    It was good that they got 2, but i think a little bit more smarts and planning and they could have got all 3.

  • beachboater Jan 30, 2009

    Chalk one up for the good guys!!!

  • canesnut Jan 30, 2009

    Get 'em boys!

  • dogeatdog Jan 30, 2009

    What does anyone want to be this is not the first run in with the law for any of these guys.

  • mochabrown Jan 30, 2009

    Hope they catch the other suspect.

  • ops12305 Jan 30, 2009

    24 mph zone? 1simplegirl

    I was wondering the same thing, maybe 25?

  • 1simplegirl Jan 30, 2009

    24 mph zone? Where is that at?