Suspect Steals Cigarettes, Leads Police on High-Speed Chase

Suspect Steals Cigarettes, Leads Police on High-Speed Chase

On Nov. 17, 2022, at approximately 9 p.m., the clerk at the Speedway at 1501 US 70 W reported a larceny of cigarettes. An officer was dispatched to the store and, while enroute, observed a vehicle in the area of W. Grantham Street and N. Carolina Street. This vehicle matched the description of a suspect vehicle developed from similar larcenies reported recently in the city of Goldsboro. The officer turned around to investigate, and the vehicle continued traveling east on W. Grantham Street. The vehicle turned north on N. George Street after running a red light. The vehicle continued at a high rate of speed while the officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle.

In the area of Dewey Street on N. George Street, the vehicle ran off the road to the left, crossed the grassy shoulder, struck the rock railroad bed, and turned over. The vehicle landed on its roof on the railroad tracks at Linde Drive. A female passenger climbed out of the vehicle, but the male driver was unable to get out. Goldsboro Fire Department and Wayne County EMS units responded to assist. The driver was freed from the wrecked vehicle and transported to UNC Health Wayne for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. The female passenger was treated on-scene and released.

Upon further investigation of the original larceny call, it was determined that the driver of the wrecked vehicle was the suspect in the larceny of the cigarettes. The suspect was identified as 51 year old Anthony Eugene McNair.

McNair has been charged with one count each of: Larceny (M),                                                                Careless & Reckless Driving (M), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (M), No Insurance (M), DWI (M), Failure to Stop for Red Light (I)

McNair’s arrest is pending his discharge from the hospital. Further investigation of the related larcenies is being conducted and additional charges are expected.

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