Police have charged a Kinston man with last week's stolen car chase in Grifton.
Grifton police today charged Jasper Williams with flee/elude arrest, driving while license revoked, hit & run with property damage, reckless driving to endanger, drive left of center, resisting public officer and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Last Wednesday a police officer attempted to pull over the driver of a car that had a piece of cardboard with numbers and letters to try make it look like an actual license plate.
They attempted to stop the vehicle on Queen Street, but the driver picked up speed, turned onto Dawson and then into the parking lot of Grifton Manor Apartments. There, police say the driver "mowed down" the apartment's mailbox and hit a parked car, initiating a domino effect. Three parked cars were damaged.
The driver took off running, and police couldn't locate him in the immediate area.
Williams was put in jail on a $30,000 secured bond.
Grifton police say they've concluded the active search for a man who ran from officers early Wednesday morning, but they are still working on the case.
Grifton Police Chief Bryan Cauley says officers finished searching
around 6 a.m. Since then, detectives learned the car the man was driving was reported stolen to Greenville police.
The chase started around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, when a Grifton police officer attempted to pull over the driver of a car that didn't have a license plate. Instead, the person had attached a piece of cardboard with numbers and letters to try make it look like an actual license plate. The traffic stop was attempted on Queen St., but the driver picked up speed, turned onto Dawson and then into the parking lot of Grifton Manor Apartments. There, Chief Cauley says the driver "mowed down" the apartment's mailbox and hit a parked car, initiating a domino effect. The result was the damage of three parked cars.
The driver took off running. Grifton police immediately started searching for the man and called the Ayden police K-9 unit for assistance. Chief Cauley says the dog tracked the man's scent for about a half-mile before losing the trail.
We will keep you posted on updates to the search for the man who bolted.
Police say they spotted a car around 3 a.m. with a cardboard cutout where the license plate should be, and the officer tried to pull the car over. The car sped away, leading police on a brief chase. The car pulled into Grifton Manor Apartments, where the driver crashed into a mailbox and a parked car. The car that was hit also smashed into two other parked vehicles.
At that point, the driver got out of his car and ran. Grifton police say the K-9 unit is helping track down the man on the run.
We will keep you posted on this breaking news.