TROOPERS: Pitt County 16 Year Old Leads 100 MPH Chase, Crashes Through House

By: Carly Swain
By: Carly Swain

Troopers said a Pitt County high schooler is facing some very adult charges after an argument with his stepfather got out of hand.

Highway Patrolman J.M. Bullard said 16-year-old Steven Rollins got into a heated argument with his stepfather before school on Tuesday morning when he took off in the man's sport-utility vehicle.

Troopers said First Sergeant Paul Autry of Carteret County was on his way to a meeting when he noticed the teen speeding down the the road. That is when troopers said the chase started.

Trooper Bullard says speeds topped 100 miles per hour as Rollins lead the first sergeant down Highway 43 near Blackjack Simpson Road, where investigators say the teen sped through two stop signs, nearly hit a car and a truck, then tried to make a right turn going 80 miles per hour.

Investigators say the teen lost control as he tried to turn and the momentum sent the SUV through an abandoned house off the road, landing on top of a tree stump where the SUV got stuck.

Rollins was checked out by paramedics before he was arrested, according to troopers.

The teen, who tells officers he is an Ayden-Grifton High School student, is now facing a handful of charges including speeding, felony fleeing to elude arrest, and reckless driving charges.

Investigators said the teen's parents are looking to file warrants against the 16-year-old for the morning assault.

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