High Speed Chase, Trooper Injured

Highway Patrol officials say a trooper was injured in a high speed chase in Martin County Saturday afternoon.

According to Sgt. Robert Bowen a trooper attempted to pull over a driver for speeding around noon when that driver took off. Troopers then chased the driver through secondary roads in Martin County and then onto Highway 17 going north into Williamston.

Bowen says the chase ended in front of the Walmart behind the KFC in Williamston. The driver, 26-year-old George Johnson Jr. of Jamesville, struck one patrol car, and then a second, which resulted in Trooper Kip Sales being injured. Sales was treated and released from Martin General Hospital for a facial injury.

Johnson is facing numerous charges including felony speeding to elude arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, and other traffic violations. According to Bowen, Johnson had two juveniles under the age of 15 in the car at the time. Bowen also said Johnson was driving with a revoked license.

Bowen wouldn't say how long the chase ensued and what speeds were reached.

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  • by ANON Location: MC on Mar 21, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    I personally know Kip Sales and he is a great officer and performs his duty in a very professional manner. I think some of these post about private lives need to be stopped, yes he is a officer but he has a personal life which doesnt need to exploited on the web. A officer this good doesnt deserve this. Thanks Kip for what you do.
  • by Go to Hell LEO's Location: Williamston on Feb 21, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    Every time something happens with a cop(another human) all you do gooders get up here talking bout hard the job is and what not. You applied for this job,you wanted to do this. They did a great job this time,I was on the scene to catch some of it. It was a responsible job (State Trooper Only). WPD and MCSD can speed and harass their way to hell.
  • by Walked Location: ENC on Feb 21, 2011 at 04:38 AM
    I've walked in the shoes of a LEO and I have no problems with the actions of Kipp and Matt.Way to go guys. My problem is with those MCSD cars speeding around the county while not answering calls. If they are answering calls, no problem, but moreso than not, they're just racing around the county because they're not being held accountable by the sheriff. Just take a good look at how many MCSD cars that have been damaged while not answering a call. If the sheriff is not going to do so, deputies hold yourselves accountable and slow down. Life's to short as it is, there's no reason to end it sooner when it could have been avoided by not speeding when there's no reason to speed. Again kuddos to Kipp and Matt keep up the good work.
  • by Charlie Ward Location: Goldsboro on Feb 20, 2011 at 04:19 AM
    If anyone works in a profession that has all perfect employees why not step up and identify yourself. The simple fact is the Troopers removed a miscreant with a revoked license from the road, a miscreant who was willing to put your life, your families lives, and others in harm's way for his own self centered selfish desires. Kudos for the LEO's doing a Grand Job. I for one appreciate your thankless efforts, even when I have been caught.
  • by to RDD Location: Martin County on Feb 19, 2011 at 09:17 PM
    Just so you'll know. Last year a HP car was in an accident without being in a chase. The trooper was on his way home from court when someone ran a stopsign and hit his new Charger in the side causing a lot of damage. Guess you missed that story. Oh yeah, it probably didn't make the headlines because it didn't include the excitement of a chase.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2011 at 04:55 PM
    thats right we support you even though we get tickets for speeding and you dont. we support you even though the laws you enforce dont apply to you.
  • by Doug Location: Farmville on Feb 19, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    Have you ever stopped to think that when someone runs from the law there is usually a reason...... other than that "minor traffic violation". Its usually because they have done something more serious ...... GOOD JOB TROOPERS AND ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.. People complain about what you do but if you were attempting to stop someone who broke into their home or business, hurt their family member you would be condemmed for not chasing, so remember there are people that support you and what you do for us and then there are idiots.....
  • by william Location: rocky mount on Feb 19, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    Score another one for the boys in blue and good judgement. Let's chase this guy, for a minor traffic violation, in front of the Wal Mart so we'll have lot's of civilians to dodge and watch us. Just lucky this time that no one died. But I'm sure it will happen again.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    Law enforcement officers regularly go over the speed limit and it's not always in the line of duty. when they get caught, they simply flash their badge & are extended professional courtesey. this means there are 2 sets of laws. 1 for those of us who pay their salaries and 1 for those who abuse the trust which comes from the badge. if law enforcement wants the respect of the community... they should follow the same laws they enforce rather than hiding behind the blue line
  • by kal naughton jr Location: shake and bake county on Feb 15, 2011 at 02:32 PM
    if your not first your last

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