Troopers: Chase yields new charges for wanted driver

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - A chase through New Bern and Vanceboro yielded new charges to be filed against a driver wanted on outstanding warrants, Troopers said Tuesday.

Troopers said the chase started around 1:30 p.m. while conducting a checking station on Spring Garden Rd. in New Bern on Tuesday. They said the suspect, who drove a tan Buick, turned down a field path in an attempt to avoid the situation. They said Trooper J.H. Midgette intercepted the driver in an attempt to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle then proceeded to travel north on N.C. 43 for about one mile, and then turned into the parking lot or Weyerhaeuser Pulp Mill. Troopers said the vehicle then proceeded to lead them on a long chase, at times exceeding the speed limit. In the process, Troopers said during the case, the suspect turned right onto Hill Neck Road, and hitting another vehicle. Troopers said the driver lead them onto parts of Highway 17, and eventually turned into the town of Vanceboro.

Troopers said the driver ended up at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Buck Lane, and attempted to make a right turn onto Buck Lane in Vanceboro. He then lost control of his vehicle and collided with a parked vehicle in a resident's driveway.

Kristopher Martins, 22, of New Bern was apprehended and charged with felony eluding and reckless driving. Troopers said Martins faced four outstanding felony warrants at the time of the arrest.

Troopers said front-seat passenger, Carl Suggs II, 22, of New Bern faced a charge of restricting, obstructing, and delaying a public officer. Another passenger, Austin Moore, 24, of New Bern faced a seat belt violation.

Troopers said additional charges are pending.

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