Troopers identify suspect in Pitt County pursuit

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – State Highway Patrol troopers have identified the suspect in a pursuit, which ended with a car flipping and hitting a utility pole in Pitt County.

It happened just after 9 p.m. Thursday night on Speight Seed Farm Road, about a half-mile south of Pocosin Road.

Troopers said Friday that one of them attempted to stop the Buick Thursday evening on Nash Joyner Rd in Pitt County after it matched the description of a suspect vehicle that had recently fled from Greenville Police Department.  23-year-old Taimon Johnson of Kinston, N.C. failed to stop for blue lights and siren and fled. After a brief pursuit, the trooper performed a precision immobilization technique (P.I.T.) due to the reckless nature of Johnson’s driving while fleeing. 

That’s when the Buick ran off the road, struck a utility pole, and overturned.  Johnson was ejected from the vehicle and taken to Vidant Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. 

22-year-old Shantima Johnson of Kinston, N.C., a passenger in the Buick, was also taken to Vidant Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries. 

Johnson was charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, DWI, driving with a revoked license, and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

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