NEW INFO: Three Police Vehicles Damaged In High Speed Chase

A Williamston man is facing multiple charges, including two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, after a high speed chase in Martin County.

That hour-long chase damaged three patrol cars late Sunday night.

Sheriff Dan Gibbs says Quinzale Jones of Williamston is facing multiple charges after he was pursued in a stolen pickup truck.

Deputy Chris Johnson was treated and released from the hospital for injuries he received to his chest when his cruiser's airbag deployed.

The sheriff says it began on McCasky's Road and then onto Wildcat Road. Gibbs says that's when Deputy Johnson tried to pin the truck and stop it. The sheriff says Jones then backed up the truck, ramming Johnson's patrol car, causing the air bags to deploy.

The sheriff says that's when the deputy fired at the truck, something he's trained to do. "If the person is aggressive on them in that case the vehicle was involved and that's why he shot," said Gibbs.

The chase finally came to an end on Gatling Street, off Highway 17 when Jones was arrested with out injury.

Jones has been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen vehicle, injury to personal property and flee to elude arrest. His bond was set at $500,000.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting, while the sheriff says his deputy has not been placed on any leave.


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A police pursuit in one county in the east, led to shots being fired and three police vehicles damaged.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office says officers received a report of a stolen pickup truck in the area.

Officials tell WITN police from Robersonville and Williamston along with Martin County Sheriff's Deputies started chasing the suspect just after 11:00 Sunday night.

According to Lieutenant Drew Robinson with the Sheriff's Office, one of its deputies came up on the suspect on Wildcat Road, just outside of Williamston and fired several shots at the truck.

The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident, which is standard procedure when a law enforcement officer fires his weapon.

The suspect took off, but not before authorities say the deputy's car, was damaged-- leaving them unable to pursue the suspect any further.

The chase continued, until the suspect was apprehended and taken to jail.

Lt. Robinson says they can not release where the chase ended at this time or the name of the officers involved at this time, but, say they'll provide information later Monday morning.

We're told a Robersonville police vehicle, along with another sheriff's car were damaged during the chase.

No one was injured, including the suspect involved.

The SBI has been asked to step in to investigate.


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