UPDATE: Charges Filed After High Speed Chase

An Ayden man is facing several charges after police say he led them on a high speed chase before crashing into a telephone pole.

Winterville Police say Kevin Gardner of Ayden ran the stoplight at Old Tar Rd. and Fire Tower Rd. at 10:45 p.m. Thursday. As he headed east on Firetower, police say Gardner lost control, hit a telephone pole, then ran from the car. Officers chased Gardner on foot for about 50 feet before apprehending him.

Gardner and a passenger were both taken to Pitt County Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Officials say Gardner is charged with speeding, driving with license revoked, resisting an officer, fleeing to elude arrest, possession with the intent to sell and deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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