Deputies say a Greenville man led them on a high speed chase that ended with the crash of a patrol cruiser.
Beaufort County deputies were answering a drug complaint near Highway 33 and Old Sandhill Road in Edward on Wednesday around 8:40 p.m. As they approached a car operated by Jermain Moore, it took off in reverse.
The vehicle struck a tree, drove through three backyards before returning to the highway.
Deputies say the chase reached speeds of 90 miles per hour and into Craven County before returning to Beaufort County.
As Moore began driving on the shoulder, deputies say he opened his door. Investigators say they were preparing for Moore to jump out, when he slammed on the brakes, causing a collision with the deputy's vehicle. Moore was arrested after he tried to run away.
Deputies say they found 22 dosage units of crack cocaine where they saw items been tossed out the window during the chase.
The Greenville man was charged with felony flee to elude, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, resist, delay obstruct an officer, injury to personal property and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Highway Patrol also charged the 39-year-old Moore with driving while impaired and driving while license revoked.
A passenger, 36-year-old Shanel Brown of Edward, was charged with possession with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resist, delay an officer.
Both were jailed in Beaufort County.
Deputies say when nabbed, Moore was out on bond for two previous drug arrests.
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