GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Authorities said a known drug dealer led troopers and Greenville Police on a 100 mph chase Monday afternoon.
According to the Greenville Police Department, officers were trying to arrest 33-year-old Najja Miller in the parking lot of the Cash 'N Carry on Old Pactolus Road at about 4 p.m. Monday.
But when officers approached Miller, who was sitting in his vehicle, he became aggressive, rammed a police car, and tried to run over the officers, investigators said.
Miller then drove off, heading west toward the airport on Old Pactolus Road, said police.
Officers followed him for about two miles, but backed off when they realized the chase was a public safety concern, according to police.
The suspect was driving as fast as 100 mph at times, said troopers.
The chase ended at Old Creek Road and Pactolus Highway in Greenville. Police said Miller's car ran off the right side of the highway, came back onto the road, crossed the center line, and went off the road a second time, before hitting a ditch and overturning.
Miller was taken to Vidant Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries, said investigators. No one else was in the vehicle.
Investigators said they recovered two ski masks and large quantities of cocaine from Miller's car.
Greenville Police said they have charged Miller with the following:
Two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill;
Two counts of conspiring to traffic cocaine by possession;
Two counts of conspiring to traffic cocaine by transportation;
Three counts of possession with the intent to sell/distribute cocaine;
Two counts of maintaining a vehicle / possession of drug paraphernalia;
Conspiring to sell/deliver cocaine.
Meanwhile, Miller has been charged by the Highway Patrol with reckless driving, failure to stop for blue lights and siren, and felony speeding to elude arrest, among other charges.
- Updated Suicide attacks kill dozens in Syrian city of Homs
- Updated Pence pledges to 'keep our end of the bargain' with top Jewish supporters
- Witness recalls moments before, after Olathe shooting
- Teen wants to be guardian of sister after both parents die
- Prosecutors question NYC mayor in federal probe