POLLOCKSVILLE, JONES COUNTY - Troopers have identified the suspect wanted for a hit-and-run that caused a car to catch fire in Jones County.
According to the Highway Patrol, troopers are looking for 23-year-old Carlton Levon Jenkins, of Jacksonville, who is wanted on felony hit-and-run causing injury. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Onslow County Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.
Investigators said Jenkins was driving his blue 2011 Nissan Sentra on Highway 17 in Pollocksville at about 6 a.m. Sunday. Jenkins was traveling at 65 mph into the town limits, which has a speed limit of 35 mph, troopers said.
Jenkins then rear-ended a white Chevy Tahoe, driven by Deandre Staten, of Pollocksville, at about 6 a.m. Sunday, said investigators. Staten was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Jenkins' Nissan came to rest in the northbound lane of Highway 17, where it became fully engulfed in flames, troopers told NewsChannel 12. Jenkins then ran away on foot, investigators said.
Troopers said Jenkins had two passengers-- a Jacksonville resident and a Camp Lejeune Marine. They stayed at the scene and talked to emergency responders.
According to records, Jenkins was arrested in a separate incident in Jones County on March 8. He was charged with speeding, driving while license revoked, and possession of marijuana.
Troopers say they're looking for a man who fled the scene of a crash that left a car engulfed in flames.
This happened on Highway 17 in Pollocksville just around 6 Sunday morning.
Troopers say the driver of a blue 2011 Nissan Sentra was headed southbound toward Jacksonville. They say he was going at least 65 miles per hour coming into the town limits. The speed limit is 35 mph.
The driver then rear-ended a white Chevy Tahoe, driven by Deandre Staten of Pollocksville.
Troopers say the Nissan came to rest in the northbound lane of Highway 17. That's when the car became fully engulfed in flames. The driver then took off on foot, fleeing the scene of the crash.
The driver of the Nissan had two passengers with him in his car: a Jacksonville resident and a Camp Lejeune Marine. They stayed at the scene and talked to emergency responders. Troopers say both passengers claimed they didn't know the driver. The Marine allegedly said he just hitched a ride with the driver because he needed to go to Jacksonville.
The passengers allegedly said they had partied together earlier in the night.
Troopers are now searching for the driver. He's described as a black man with long dreads, wearing a bright red or orange shirt. The driver will face charges including fleeing the scene of a crash and reckless driving to endanger.
Staten was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to officials.
If anyone has information about this crash, you're asked to call 911 or *HP.
Photos are courtesy of Tommy Moore.