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Three-county chase ends with crash into church

Posted October 14, 2010

— Suspects fleeing from attempted break-in in Wilson led law enforcement on a chase that ended with a crash into a church in Greenville Wednesday, police said.

A woman in the Mary Ella Mobile Home Park on Stantonsburg Road went to investigate someone at her door around 11 a.m. and found two men using a crowbar to try to open her door chain lock, police said. The men fled when they saw the resident, who called 911.

Officers spotted the suspects' vehicle – a gold 1996 Nissan Maxima – near Ward Boulevard and Black Creek Road.

Police said that the men led law enforcement on a chase through the city of Wilson and along U.S. Highway 264 East, N.C Highway 91 and U.S. Highway 13. Wilson and Greenville police, Wilson and Pitt County sheriff's deputies and the state Highway Patrol helped with the pursuit.

Police said the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a church near the intersection of Greenville Boulevard and Allen Road in Greenville, which authorities had blocked off.

The driver – identified as Milton Rhontaye Satchell, 20, of 7167 Powell Hooks Road in Lucama – was apprehended at the wreck scene. Police said a passenger identified as Steven Purvis, 26, of 401 Jones St. in Williamston, ran but was captured after a short foot chase.

They were both treated at Pitt Regional Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said that Wilson County deputies found a pistol along N.C. 91 where officers had seen something being thrown from the suspects' vehicle.

Purvis and Satchell were charged with attempted breaking-and-entering. Satchell also faces numerous traffic offenses.

Police in Owensboro, Ken., had arrest warrants out charging Purvis with one count of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Purvis was also listed as an absconder from probation or parole supervision by the North Carolina Department of Correction.

DOC records show that Purvis served nearly 2 years in prison for a 2006 conviction for conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He was also placed on probation for a 2006 conviction for felony assault with a deadly weapon.


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  • saywhaaaaat Oct 15, 2010

    Hahahaha this is funny. I'm with you on that one (freddiehudson) That smile would be a upside down one if he tried get into my home. Say HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND! if you know what I'm mean...... :D

  • ccs1920 Oct 14, 2010

    Looking like a fool with yo great big smile and yo pants on the ground. Might be a good idea to pull them up before you enter the front gate of the Johnston County Correctional Center.

  • PleaseGodhelpus Oct 14, 2010

    wilsoncamper Major Farmer is a driving instructor that taught most every WCSO deputy and hundreds of other LEO's in North Carolina how to drive/chase at high speeds proficiently and while using due regard for the lives of others. He had everything to do with that chase and the safety of all of those who were on the road. I do not live or work in Wilson but can attest that The Wilson County Sheriff's Office is a superior organization and unfortunately I don't think its residence know how good they have it.

  • PManTosh Oct 14, 2010

    Its Wilson County... they will get intensive 24 month probation with random searches and drug testing... thats it. Welcome to Wilson

  • North Johnston Resident Oct 14, 2010

    Too bad they weren't trying to break in at my home...there would not have been a chase, the only needed county vehicle would have been a "meat wagon" to come collect the trash.

  • imdicktrickle Oct 14, 2010

    Typical repeat offenders.... Need to relax the death penalty rules.

  • arljsl Oct 14, 2010

    The bad thing is that they will probably make bail and be back out on the streets...

  • str8thuggin Oct 14, 2010

    Job well done.

  • Unknown Caller Oct 14, 2010

    NC General Statue:
    § 14‑51.1. Use of deadly physical force against an intruder.

    (a) A lawful occupant within a home or other place of residence is justified in using any degree of force that the occupant reasonably believes is necessary, including deadly force, against an intruder to prevent a forcible entry into the home or residence or to terminate the intruder's unlawful entry (i) if the occupant reasonably apprehends that the intruder may kill or inflict serious bodily harm to the occupant or others in the home or residence, or (ii) if the occupant reasonably believes that the intruder intends to commit a felony in the home or residence.

    (b) A lawful occupant within a home or other place of residence does not have a duty to retreat from an intruder in the circumstances described in this section.

    (c) This section is not intended to repeal, expand, or limit any other defense that may exist under the common law. (1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 673, s. 1.)

  • sinenomine Oct 14, 2010

    michaelclay and others: I agree that deadly force would be privileged if you were inside your house and someone is breaking in on you. In the case in the news story, however, I understood it to be the case that the victim observed the criminals breaking into her house from a vantage point outside of the house and that her life or personal safety was not in danger. Had she shot them at that time she would have been acting solely in defense of property, which is not permitted. Assuming that my understanding of the facts is correct my earlier comment stands.