Highway 70 Now Open, No Charges Filed

Highway 70 is opened once again, after being shut down for several hours.

The road was shut down Wednesday afternoon after authorities say a vehicle was sitting off the side of the road on Highway 70 West towards New Bern. Deputies got a call about a suspicious vehicle around 3PM.

Callers say the car had been sitting there for awhile with four people in it.

When Lenoir County deputies got to the scene, they found a man in the drivers seat, his wife in the passengers seat and two children in the back of the blue pickup truck.

Right now, the identities of the people involved are not being released.

Sheriff Billy Smith says, when deputies approached the truck, the man had a look on his face that was concerning. Smith says the man was reaching between his legs.

Authorities say the man's family from Johnston County was brought in to help coax him out of the car.

Six hours later authorities were able to pull the man out of the car. His wife and the two children inside the car were taken out.

Deputies believe the man may have lost his job and was experiencing depression.

After a search they didn't find a weapon.

The man is not in police custody at the time. Deputies say they're dealing with the man's medical problems before anything further happens.

Authorities won't say where the family is right now.

Previous Story:

Authorities have closed off Highway 70 in Lenoir County because of what is being called a law enforcement action.

Updated Info:

The Westbound lane of Highway 70 is now opened. The area of "law enforcement action" is secure. The Eastbound lane is expected to open back up at 9:30 PM.

Previous Information:

All four lanes of the heavily traveled highway are closed near Cobb Road, that's east of Kinston. Troopers have set up detours for drivers.

There is no information at this time about why the highway is closed, but we have a reporter en route to the scene.

Our reporter at the scene saw several State Troopers with assault rifles making their way towards the scene.

Reporter on the scene has made several attempts to contact law enforcement agencies on scene who currently are not releasing any more information.


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