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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