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Larceny suspect from Durham arrested after three-county chase

Posted May 7, 2013 10:43 p.m. EDT
Updated May 8, 2013 12:21 p.m. EDT

— A Durham man accused of breaking into a Clinton business was arrested Tuesday night after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a three-county chase on Interstate 40, according to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

Barry Eugene Helms, 48, of 606 Red Oak Ave., has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1983, including multiple larceny convictions, according to state Department of Corrections records. 

Helms was in the Sampson County jail Wednesday, charged with assault with a deadly on a government official, fleeing/eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, assault physical injury, breaking or entering, fishing without a license, reckless driving to endanger, resisting a public officer, speeding, failure to heed light or siren and unsafe passing.

Authorities said Helms rented a pickup truck in Durham and then tried to break into Quality Farm Finance in Clinton. When police arrived at the business, Helms fled, leading authorities on a chase through Sampson, Johnston and Wake counties.

The chase ended with a crash at I-40 and Gorman Street, where Helms tried to run away on foot, authorities said. He was quickly apprehended.

The Sampson County Sheriff's Office, Newton Grove Police Department, Johnston County Sheriff's Office, Wake County Sheriff's Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol participated in the pursuit.