Monday morning, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office made an inquiry on a license plate displayed on a vehicle. The tag came back as stolen and the deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over. The suspect refused to stop, driving the vehicle from the City of Goldsboro north onto Highway 111 and onto Lancaster Road. The driver attempted to avoid a tire disabling effort, and then ran off the road, hit a driveway culvert and overturned the vehicle in a field. The driver still tried to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended. Following treatment and release from the hospital, 27-year-old Joseph L. Gurganus, Jr. of Goldsboro was arrested on charges of:
- Felony Flee to Elude Arrest
- Misdemeanor Possession of Stolen Goods
- Misdemeanor Resist, Obstruct and Delay
- Several traffic offenses that occurred during the pursuit.
Gurganus was given a $20,000 bond.