High Speed Chase Lands One In Jail, Search For Two More

A high speed police chase ended with the arrest of one man and the search for two others.

Beaufort County deputies say the chase began around 1:00 a.m. Wednesday morning when a deputy spotted a vehicle with several driving violations leaving Chocowinity on Highway 17 Business. Lawmen say the deputy tried to stop the SUV, but the driver refused and speeds approached 100 miles an hour.

Washington police arrested one of the passengers after they say he jumped from the vehicle near Highway 264 and 15th Street Extension. Stop sticks were used twice, flattening at least two tires of the SUV. Deputies say the chase ended on Bells Avenue in Chocowinity when the vehicle ran into a ditch. Lawmen say the driver and a passenger got away.

Mitchell Smith of Washington was charged with resist, delay, and obstruct an public officer. Deputies are still looking for Desmond Myers of Washington and Ricky Tripp of Belhaven. Deputies say they have no picture available for Tripp.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Myers or Tripp, please call Beaufort County Crime Stoppers at 252-974-6400. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000.00 for information leading to an arrest in this case. It turns out the SUV had been stolen from a Washington business.


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  • by Smiths ex girlfriend Location: Washington on May 13, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    I am one of Smiths ex girlfriends and believe me he knew what was going on.... he jumped because he thought he could out run them he deserves to be in jail hope he stays there...
  • by Disgusted Location: Chocowinity, NC. on May 5, 2010 at 10:39 AM
    I find it interesting that Ricky Tripp was on Facebook on the 23rd of April. Has he been arrested yet?
  • by ? on Apr 27, 2010 at 02:34 AM
    Hey, rub the two pictured rock heads together and start a fire.hahahaha That is some of Beaufort's county finest.
  • by T on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:42 PM
    Anon @ 10:10 PM. He jumped because he was GUILTY, as well as stupid. A hard thought would surely knock you down, huh!! I am a white male, and you people are ignorant for bringing race into this. They both are the same color, and that color is orange.
  • by April Location: Washington NC on Apr 23, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    Hey WITN, any updates on this story? Just curious.
  • by okayheregoes on Apr 22, 2010 at 09:36 PM
    LOL @'knightstick...' would that be of the sword or the jousting variety?? I think you were grasping for 'nightstick~' At least they didn't Tase him or y'all would be griping about that too! ;-P
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2010 at 07:10 PM
    Smith was just riding to the store, he had no idea what was going on other than that. If you read the story closer, he jumped from the vehicle risking injury and from what I heard was beat with knightsticks and charged with a crime. For getting a ride to the store.
  • by to anonymous 05:27 on Apr 22, 2010 at 04:12 PM
    Only half of your comment is true. White people are the greedy ones. Can we say embezzlement? They get caught but nothing is done about it until it becomes something bigger. Black people get caught, put in jail, and bashed seconds after they committ a crime.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2010 at 02:32 PM
    Ok Roger!!!! Wake up to reality, this is 2010 and by the way...what color are you!!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2010 at 02:27 PM
    I think the best thing these guys can do is turn themselves in. They could of killed some one else or even themselves and God spared their lives. and @ Neo--the statement about black people commit more crimes than white. This is so not true. Let me break it down for you. Black folk that commit crimes and get caught because they are greedy. White folks commit crime and don't get caught because they do it and stop. Hispanic commit crimes and get caught sometimes if they slip up and make a mistake. Should i go on...come now--its really not about race but it took one post to spark it so i am going to post it. And about working in law enforcement--i truly abide by the law and don't have anything against it, but umm they commit crimes and break law too!! We just don't hear about it. They sometimes do it within the unit..but they do and besides i don't have time giving all my money to the courts when when i can donate it elsewhere!!
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