Man Nabbed After High Speed Chase Damages Two Police Cruisers

Two police cars were damaged in a high speed chase that landed some serious charges for one man.

Elizabeth City police say it started early Sunday when an officer noticed a vehicle speeding down Ehringhaus Street.

The vehicle was clocked at more than 100 miles per hour as it swerved around cars, nearly hitting some of them.

Eventually, the vehicle ended up in a ditch on Knobs Creek Drive and officers were getting out of their cruisers to arrest the driver. But the vehicle suddenly sped out of the ditch, toward one of the cruisers. The officer drove forward to avoid a direct hit, and the vehicle hit the cruiser's rear tire on the driver side, disabling the police car.

Police say the car then continued to drive toward another officer who was out of her cruiser. That officer was able to avoid the oncoming car, which ended up hitting the front end of her cruiser.

The chase finally ended in the back yard of a home on Tift Lane. That's where police took into custody Antone Whidbee.

He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and felony flee to elude arrest.

No one was injured in the chase and damage to the two cruisers is estimated at $8,000.


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