Man held after high-speed pursuit

Four law enforcement agencies take part in two-county chase

Staff WriterNovember 20, 2004 

A 40-minute high-speed chase through two counties Friday ended after two crashes that damaged three police cruisers, authorities said.

Benjamin Terrell Bordeaux, 24, of Four Oaks was charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger and driving with a revoked license in connection with the chase, said officials at the Johnston County Detention Center. He was being held at the Johnston County jail Friday in lieu of $21,000 bail.

The chase started when a Smithfield police officer clocked a Dodge Neon going 67 mph in a 35 mph zone about 12:45 a.m. Friday, said Capt. Bruce Gentry with the Smithfield Police Department. When the officer activated his lights, the car sped off on U.S. 301.

Officers pursued the driver as he continued on U.S. 301 toward U.S. 70 Business, Gentry said. When the car reached southbound Interstate 95, Smithfield police gave up the chase.

Police relayed a description of the fleeing vehicle to Johnston County dispatchers, who notified Benson police about the high-speed pursuit.

Benson officers picked up the case as the Dodge Neon reached Exit 79 on I-95, said Benson Police Lt. Greg Percy.

The driver exited I-95 on Jonesboro Road in Dunn and headed through Dunn before the car went toward Erwin, Percy said.

An officer from the Erwin Police Department and two deputies from the Harnett County Sheriff's Office joined the chase after it entered Harnett County, Percy said.

After the driver went through Erwin, he turned around on to U.S. 421 and went back toward Dunn and almost reached Lillington, Percy said.

Upon reaching the Lillington area, the car U-turned and was rear-ended by an Erwin police cruiser that had slammed on its brakes, Percy said.

The suspect then sped toward Erwin for a third time, Percy said. The suspect stopped suddenly, causing a crash between a Benson police car and a Harnett County deputy's cruiser. No injuries were reported.

The three Benson cruisers involved in the chase reached speeds of 80 mph to 90 mph during the chase, Percy said.

Staff writer Jennifer Brevorka can be reached at 836-4906 or jbrevork@newsobserver.com.

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