Tuesday, May 18, 2021
UPDATE: Wanted Suspect Dies In Crash While Fleeing From Deputies

UPDATE: Wanted Suspect Dies In Crash While Fleeing From Deputies

A suspect is killed as he attempts to flee from Wayne County authorities.  The situation unfolded Sunday evening as a Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to serve outstanding warrants out of Johnston County on a suspect, 53-year-old Donnie Butts, Jr.  The deputy had attempted to pull Butts over, however Butts fled in a pickup truck.  During the chase, the suspect managed to strike the deputy’s vehicle and disable it.  A second deputy took over the pursuit at that time.  Eventually, Butts’ pickup ran off the road and collided with a semi-tractor that was parked in a yard on Central Heights Road near E. New Hope Road.  Butts died at the scene. At the time, the deputy-in-pursuit says the pickup truck was traveling at approximately 65 mph.  The accident is being investigated by the State Highway Patrol as well as the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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