Officials: Man Attempts To Run Deputies Over

Pitt county deputies pull over a man wanted for not paying child support, but then he attempts to run them over.

According to the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office deputies went looking for Joseph Highsmith Jr. Friday night after they received a tip he was riding in a car near East Tenth Street and River Bluff Drive.

Highsmith was wanted for not paying child support for the past year.

Officials say Highsmith was in the passenger seat of the vehicle when they pulled him over. They say Highsmith then reached over, put the vehicle in drive and hit the gas, attempting to run the detectives over.

Highsmith was injured, but the detectives were not.

Highsmith is charged with two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official, four counts of Resisting a Public Officer, one count of Driving while License is Revoked, and several other charges. His bond is set at $407,085.80.


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  • by Mark Location: NC on Feb 7, 2011 at 09:39 PM
    After over 12 hours from the last post , nobody cares
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Feb 7, 2011 at 08:28 AM
    All I can say is. If you people who know or care about Mr. Joseph Highsmith Jr. might cost you all some money,but get him a good Attorney. Maybe even a hair cut, and a good shirt and tie. Judges don't take kindly for people trying to run over the police with a car. Without a good Attorney the Judge might just lock him up and throw the key in the ocean?
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Feb 7, 2011 at 08:19 AM
    All of you posting on his appearance are ignorant people.I hate to say it but the picture suggests nothing of his intellect,morals or anything else.His actions however do.What ,pray tell can you surmise from this photo? Are you referring to his hair?If so you are just narrow minded bigots.
  • by Unique Location: Greenville, NC on Feb 7, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    All of that for child support? I believe there is more to this story. There clearly is something missing from this story. That can't be all.
  • by Wilma Location: Greenville on Feb 7, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    Otis my man, you obviously did not read my whole comment. Look up the word "sarcasm" and respond here with the definition. I politely request that you open YOUR eyes and start reading thoroughly and then respond without sounding misinformed as you just did.
  • by Wow Location: hummmmm on Feb 7, 2011 at 04:51 AM
    Well, something does not seem right about this incident,,,, I think there may be more to this story.... This is the second story of "Pitt County Deputies" being run over or someone attempting to run them over!
  • by P on Feb 7, 2011 at 02:49 AM
    Another outstanding member of the thug community
  • by Otis Location: NC on Feb 6, 2011 at 09:08 PM
    OK - Posted by: Wilma Location: Greenville on Feb 6, 2011 at 10:57 PM Here we ago again with another attempt by the media to spin this story - Wilma this is not CNN. Just WITN with the facts on a bad man. Open yor eyes Wilma
  • by Wilma Location: Greenville on Feb 6, 2011 at 07:57 PM
    Here we ago again with another attempt by the media to spin this story. We all know this man is a church going, wonderful man, now don't we? No possible way he would try to run over a deputy, because that would show intent to kill, wouldn't it? And we all know, that this worthwhile individual would never do such a thing. Sarcasm aside, lets keep sweeping the true problems with crime, murder, etc etc under the rug. Lord knows we can't speak the truth here.
  • by Albert Location: NC on Feb 6, 2011 at 06:27 PM
    That is a Father of kids?
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