FIRST ON WITN: Chase Suspect Due In Court

A New Bern man is due to appear in court Wednesday after lawmen say he led them on a chase in a stolen SUV that he crashed into a Pitt County house.

Joshua Best remained behind bars Wednesday morning in the PItt County Detention Center under a $110,000 bond.

Best was arrested Tuesday after a four-hour manhunt in Pitt County. A man who spotted Best crawling through a bean field held Best at gunpoint until the deputies who had been searching for the man arrived to arrest him.

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A man who deputies say was the center of a four hour manhunt this morning was captured by a nearby resident who held him at gunpoint.

Joshua Best was apprehended near the Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist Church on Highway 43 and Bill Adams Road.

A resident, who also happens to work for the state Department of Correction, spotted the man crawling through a bean field. He yelled "freeze" and kept a gun on him until deputies could arrive.

The New Bern man is being taken to the Pitt County Detention Center to face charges.

It all began around 8:00 a.m. this morning when deputies in Craven County began chasing a stolen vehicle. The chase crossed over into Pitt County and ended in Calico, at the intersection of Highways 43 and 102. That's where the stolen vehicle struck a house and the driver took off running into nearby woods.

Deputies and state troopers quickly surrounded the area and Best was apprehended around 12:15 p.m.

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Lawmen are searching a wooded area of southern Pitt County after a man crashed into a house with a stolen vehicle and ran into the woods.

Troopers say the chase started in Craven County; deputies were chasing a man driving the stolen vehicle. The chase crossed into Pitt County and ended when the man crashed into a home at the intersection of Highway 43 and Highway 102 in Calico.

People driving down Highway 43 told 911 they saw the man run across to the west side of the highway and into the woods. They say it's is a black man, with no shirt, and long dread locks. Authorities say they are bringing in additional search dogs to the area.

The chase began before 8:00 a.m. Authorities tell WITN the owner of the stolen vehicle was also following the man running from lawmen.

After crashing into the house around 8 a.m., troopers say the driver ran into the woods. Lawmen have surrounded the area on foot, and the Highway Patrol has dispatched its helicopter to search from the sky.

The Highway Patrol and members of the Pitt County Sheriff's Office and the Craven County Sheriff's Office are searching for the driver of the stolen car.

The house that the car crashed into did not appear to be lived in currently. It was damaged in a fire last year and had been undergoing construction for the past several months.

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