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Attempted traffic stop becomes high-speed chase instead

Posted June 26, 2008 9:56 a.m. EDT
Updated June 26, 2008 1:00 p.m. EDT

— A Smithfield man was arrested late Wednesday after authorities were led on a high-speed chase through two counties.

Johnny Phillips, 41, was charged with driving while impaired, driving reckless to endanger and fleeing and eluding and arrest with a motor vehicle.

A Highway Patrol trooper tried to pull a car over near the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and Wayne Memorial Drive in Goldsboro for speeding Wednesday night, but the driver took off on U.S. 70, authorities said. The chase lasted about 30 minutes, reaching speeds of 100 mph, before a Johnston County deputy used "stop sticks" to flatten the car's tires, authorities said.

The car spun around and started heading the wrong way on U.S. 70 before the driver abandoned the car near the Rains Mill Road intersection in Princeton and fled on foot, authorities said.

The driver was arrested after a brief foot chase, authorities said.