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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