Troopers: Teen leads 100 mph chase, crashes into building

PITT COUNTY - A teen led troopers on a 100-mph chase before crashing into a Pitt County building, and it was all because he didn't want to go to school, investigators said.

According to the Highway Patrol, it all started Tuesday morning when 16-year-old Steven Rollins got into an argument with his stepfather because he refused to go to Ayden-Grifton High School, where he is a sophomore. The teen then allegedly took his stepfather's blue SUV and drove off from their home in Simpson.

A trooper noticed Rollins speeding down a road and pursued, investigators said. The teen allegedly drove more than 100 mph down Highway 43 near Blackjack Simpson Road. According to investigators, Rollins ran two stop signs and almost collided with two vehicles.

Rollins later lost control when the tried to make a turn and crashed into a workshop near Highways 43 and 102, troopers said. No one was inside the building at the time. The SUV finally came to a stop when it landed on a tree stump, said investigators.

Rollins did not suffer major injuries and was arrested. He has been charged with speeding, felony fleeing to elude arrest, and reckless driving.

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