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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  • by Anti-LCSD Location: Lenoir Co on Mar 10, 2010 at 07:55 PM
    I don't trust any thing the 'high up' in LCSD has to say. (not about this but in general)
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 5, 2010 at 04:35 AM
    "TO SAFTMAN", you say troopers are highly trained drivers, and you are correct. But at the same time, a driver pulling up to a intersection will not know that the trooper is traveling at 100 MPH in the rain, and may think they have ample time to make it across. Nascar doesn't race in the rain for a reason, and their drivers are much, much better that troopers. I don't mean that to offend any troopers, but Nascar drivers do drive 190MPH every day.That iss the total focus of their job.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 5, 2010 at 04:29 AM
    I watched the video, and I still think that the wife could have done more to help end this situation quicker and more efficiently. There was no need to tie up all these officers at taxpayer expense, plus all the drivers that had to be detoured way out of their way, when she sat there knowing he was unarmed. But instead or trying to let officers know he was unarmed, she was waving for them to go away!She should be charged for an obstuctin of police officers or something.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 4, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    ???
  • by TO SAFTMAN Location: USA on Mar 4, 2010 at 04:52 PM
    THOSE TROOPERS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED IN THEIR DRIVING SKILLS. I AM SURE YOU DID NOT HAVE THE TRAINING THEY DO. OFTEN PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE BEING RECKLESS BUT ACTUALLY ARE IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE. IT IS 99% OF THE TIME THE PUBLIC WHO IS DRIVING CARELESSLY AND NOT PAYING ATTENTION THAT PULL OUT IN FRONT OF LEO CARS.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 4, 2010 at 01:24 PM
    What was wrong with my comment on this story?
  • by sammy Location: greenville on Mar 4, 2010 at 10:59 AM
    i think the police did a great job and to the family iam so sorry you having to deal with this but god is there for you i know iam going thru it to i will pray for you and just know the way the economy is it will get worse it probily be like the great deppression but you got to keep your head high be strong for you family cause whatever happens at least you will have your feamily that the most important thing is family god bless and please if you dont have nothing nice to say dont say nothing to all the nasty comments
  • by pete Location: grifton on Mar 4, 2010 at 09:17 AM
    A sad situation that at least did not end in any death.A job loss in many cases is a hard thing to have to deal with.I can't see things getting any better in the next 2 years 11 months.just pray for their families.
  • by Darren on Mar 4, 2010 at 07:16 AM
    I would rather have some sort of inconvienient detour to go around than to risk me, my wife or kids in harms way. I hope the family is doing okay. For him to have lost his job and going through depression, I feel bad for him.
  • by Rosebud Location: Lagrange on Mar 4, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Two little children were involved, they did the best they could do. Negative remarks do not need to be made.
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