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Man in custody after multi-county vehicle chase ends near Kinston

Posted February 23, 2021 8:36 a.m. EST
Updated February 23, 2021 11:41 p.m. EST

Kenneth Earl Piper is wanted by the Wilson County Sheriff's Office

— A man is in custody after a multi-county chase ended with him running away in  Lenoir County on Monday.

Kenneth Earl Piper led authorities on a roughly 50-mile chase through Johnston, Wayne, Greene and Lenoir Counties. Piper and a passenger in the vehicle ran out of gas on Felix Harvey Parkway around 5:30 p.m. Both got out of the vehicle and ran away.

The unnamed passenger in the vehicle was found near Felix Harvey Parkway near Kinston. Authorities searched for Piper, who was wanted by the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, in a wooded area near Felix Harvey Parkway, Crestview Subdivision and Hickory Hills Road. Crews continued the search until 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

Deputies said Piper was taken into custody on Monday afternoon,

Piper had active felony warrants for possession with intent to sell, manufacture, deliver methamphetamine, possession of LSD and resisting arrest. Anyone who sees him should immediately call 911.

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