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Driver charged after Johnston County chase

Two people were injured after a high-speed chase in Johnston County late Saturday, the Highway Patrol said.

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SMITHFIELD, N.C. — Two people were injured after a high-speed chase in Johnston County late Saturday, the Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said Elmer Velasequz, 34, is charged with felony resisting arrest and serious injury. He is also charged with DWI, driving with a revoked license, failure to reduce speed, reckless driving and running a red light and stop sign.

Troopers said Velasequz is also charged with driving 100 mph in 55 mph, 65 mph and 70 mph zones.

The chase ended on N.C. Highway 210 in Smithfield when the car Velasequz was driving ran off the road and hit a power pole. The passenger, whose name was not released, was ejected from the vehicle.

Velasequz and the passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

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