EASTERN CAROLINA -

A robbery suspect leads multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase spanning almost forty miles through two counties.

Morehead City Police say it began at 11 pm Saturday night. Tremayne Arrington, 39, robbed the Murphy USA gas station behind Wal-Mart on Highway 24. The suspect assaulted and the gas station clerk then fled Morehead City in a blue Chevrolet truck on Highway 70.

Officials say the chase involved multiple agencies including Havelock Police, New Bern Police, the Highway Patrol, Craven County deputies and Pamlico County deputies.

We're working to confirm exactly where the police chase began, but we're told it was initiated by Havelock Police. Officials say Arrington sped along Highway 70 to James City. He then exited Highway 70 onto Highway 17 and then merged onto Highway 55 crossing into Pamlico County.

The Pamlico County Sheriff's Office says stop sticks were deployed in Reelsboro but the suspect was able to evade them. The multi-county, multi-agency chase ended around midnight in Grantsboro at the intersection of Highways 55 and 306 according to deputies.

Arrington is currently being held in the Craven County jail under a $300,000 bond.

Morehead City Police have charged him with common law robbery and assault but officials say more charges are likely from the other county and municipal law enforcement agencies involved in the chase.