09/20/13 — High speed chase ends with crash

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High speed chase ends with crash

By John Joyce
Published in News on September 20, 2013 1:46 PM

A high speed chase originating in Johnston County Thursday concluded in Wayne County with a crash on U.S. 70 that injured two people, Johnston County Sheriff's Office officials said this morning.

Alton Lamont Johnston, 43, of Kinston, was charged by the Johnston County Sheriff's Office with fleeing to elude arrest, possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the use or sale of a controlled substance and assault with a deadly weapon.

Johnston allegedly had 651 grams of marijuana, Johnston County Sheriff's Office Communications Officer Tammy Amoan said.

A Johnston County sheriff's deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Peedin Road near U.S. 70 in Selma during which he noticed a strong odor of marijuana, Ms. Amoan said.

"That is when the suspect took off," she said.

The N.C. State Highway Patrol, Wayne County Sheriff's Office and Goldsboro Police Department joined the effort and eventually subdued the individual after he wrecked his vehicle on a dead end service road off U.S. 70 West.

First Sgt. Jerry Burton of the Highway Patrol said after the vehicle crossed into Wayne County, the suspect's vehicle struck another car causing it to flip, and the suspect continued on until being stopped by police.

"It was the result of a combination of agencies, the deploying of stop sticks and the suspect wrecked. After he wrecked, he got out and ran and was apprehended while running away," Burton said.

The names of the victims in the car Johnson struck were not available at press time.

Ms. Amoan said that the driver of the vehicle that was hit was an elderly female and that the passenger a small child. No details on their condition were available.