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Two break-in suspects caught, third escapes after chase

Posted January 30, 2009 5:59 a.m. EST
Updated January 30, 2009 8:56 a.m. EST

— Goldsboro police chased a car occupied by three break-in suspects early Friday and arrested two, but the third person escaped.

State troopers said the chase started around 1:30 a.m., when police spotted the car and pursued it for a half-hour around Goldsboro.

Troopers said they took over the chase and, after a few miles, a trooper forced the suspects to stop in front of a church. The trooper performed a , in which an officer uses a cruiser to bump a chased car out of control.

The three suspects jumped out of the car and ran. Troopers caught the driver – identified as Joseph Sims, 19, of Goldsboro – after a brief foot chase, and Goldsboro officers captured a 16-year-old suspect from Goldsboro.

A second passenger, whose name has not been released, escaped and remains at large, troopers said.

Sims was taken to a local hospital for observation, but was treated, released and taken to the Wayne County Jail.

Sims faces charges of felony fleeing to elude, driving with a revoked license, driving 65 mph in a 24 mph zone and numerous other traffic violations.

Police consider Sims, the 16-year-old and the second passenger as suspects in a break-in at Romellos Clothing Store on Berkley Boulevard.

Sims and the 16-year-old face breaking-and-entering charges in that incident. The teen was also charged with resisting an officer.