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Trooper uses high-speed pit maneuver to end Sampson County chase

Posted June 4

Charges are pending against occupants of a vehicle stopped early Saturday morning after a high speed chase through Sampson County.

— Charges are pending against occupants of a vehicle stopped early Saturday morning after a high speed chase through Sampson and Johnston counties.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers performed a traffic stop on Interstate 40 near Suttontown Road after clocking a Chevrolet Tahoe speeding 90 mph in a 70 mph zone. When the trooper approached the stopped car on foot, the driver took off.

Troopers used stop sticks and roadblocks in attempts to stop the vehicle, which had four people inside, ages 14, 15, 19 and 21. As the SUV drove through Johnston County, a trooper used a PIT maneuver to spin the vehicle into the center divider.

Officials said the maneuver was executed at 100 mph, but no one was injured.

The occupants of the Tahoe were arrested, authorities said.


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  • Bernadette Dan Unger Jun 5, 12:38 a.m.
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    Yeah, good luck with the rehab idea. You willing to bet your family members life on it?

  • Stacie Hagwood Jun 4, 8:26 p.m.
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    So glad no innocent people on the highway were harmed.

  • Craig Elliott Jun 4, 4:49 p.m.
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    They are (two of them at least) adults and should be as accountable for their actions as you and I are. It's up to our justice system to determine the consequences that best serve our society.

  • Scooter Barrette Jun 4, 4:03 p.m.
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    If you don't think the way these young-adults were raised had an effect on their actions in this case, you're being ridiculous. The problem is that many would prefer to send these kids to jail for half their lives rather than prescribing some sort of rehabilitation. "We need to scare others from doing the same thing!" is not based on social justice.

  • Craig Elliott Jun 4, 2:11 p.m.
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    The 19- and 21-year olds are obviously adults and should bear the full legal consequences of their actions including contribution to the delinquency of a minor et al.

  • Jackson Smith Jun 4, 10:59 a.m.
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    They already went too far. Should have license revoked and jailed for the risk of loss of life for others. I wish they were blessed with a brain more than anything. So happy the LEOs are all safe.

  • Janet Ghumri Jun 4, 10:42 a.m.
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    It's a blessing that these kids weren't hurt! Thanks to the LEO's ability to stop them before they really went too far. Now, the parents can be angry, but they still have their children. (Adults, they are not)