SELMA — State troopers filed numerous charges against a Georgia man Saturday morning after a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph on Interstate 95 and U.S. 70 in Johnston County and ended with the car crashing near Selma followed by a foot pursuit..
The incident began on I-95 at 7:51 a.m. and ended over a half-hour later, the Highway Patrol said. Troopers said they captured Dennis Lamar Washington, 26, after chasing him through trees near where his 1999 Lincoln crashed at U.S. 70 and U.S. 70A, ending the pursuit.
Washington was ordered held in the Johnston County Jail on $120,000 bond on charges that included speeding, driving to elude arrest, obstruction of police and resisting arrest, troopers said. In addition, one trooper was injured during the foot chase, twisting an ankle, and there was an outstanding warrant from Georgia for a misdemeanor offense, they said.
The chase speeds topped 100 mph on both I-95 and U.S. 70. At one point, the car made a U-turn and when it was going east on U.S. 70 after the driver saw Princeton police ahead where they had deployed “stop sticks” that lay across a highway and puncture the tires of any car that drives over them.
Troopers said Washington’s 16-year-old sister was in the car with him. No one was hurt when the car crashed, and she was not charged.
Traffic on the highways was light at that time of morning, reducing the risk the speeding car posed to other drivers, troopers noted. The chase began after a trooper on I-95 clocked Washington’s car traveling at over 80 on the 65 mph highway.
He told troopers he had been headed to Virginia to visit a friend, they said.