Thursday, May 26, 2022
Mount Olive Officer Injured During Police Chase

Mount Olive Officer Injured During Police Chase

(GDN) — A late Saturday afternoon chase involving a stolen Mount Olive Police vehicle ended with the suspect being caught and one officer injured. The Mount Olive Police officer crashed their patrol car at the intersection of U.S. 117 and the I-40 connector. According to Mount Olive Police Chief Jason Hughes, several police officers were dispatched to a disturbance involving a customer at Walmart. The officers were with the suspect outside of the store when he managed to jump into one of the officers’ vehicles and sped off from the scene taking 117 heading south. Several other Mount Olive Police officers initiated a pursuit of the vehicle with speeds in excess of 100 mph.  Chief Hughes said other law enforcement agencies from the Wayne County Sheriff Office, Duplin County, Sampson County Sheriff,  Warsaw Police, and the State Highway Patrol assisted in the chase. Hughes said the officer involved in the crash was airlifted from the scene to Vidant Medical Center. He also said he would like to thank all of the law enforcement agencies for their help. Faison Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene where they assisted with removing the officer from the patrol vehicle that had crashed down the embankment.  The northbound lane of I-40 was closed for a time due to the crash.  According to other law enforcement officers, the suspect was caught trying to crawl under a house at Eugene Trucking Company on Highway 403 about a mile from the crash site. The suspect is facing multiple charges. The condition of the injured officer is unknown at this time.

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