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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  • by dalton Location: aulander NC on Dec 26, 2010 at 08:15 AM
    it was bad that this happened the people that did this should be in jail for life
  • by cfbf Location: NC on Dec 21, 2010 at 04:24 PM
    It's unfortunate this happened. To those questioning the LEO's image who's at fault? If I cultivate the image as the smartest slick on the block then I shouldn't take any offense if addressed as Einstein instead of city slicker. The analogy and the point is that LEO's love to flaunt their halo superiority to mankind, WHY? They have cultivated that image. It wasn't pulled out of a magic trick hat, DUH? Thanks
  • by cb Location: nashville on Dec 20, 2010 at 04:20 AM
    these men and woman are putting there lives on the line every day and night ,for all of martin county so the ones that live there think about it would you ? all i can say is gb the peace keepers and to hell with the negative remarks, as for u jeremy times change people are getting more violent .
  • by jeremy Location: burgaw on Dec 17, 2010 at 03:48 PM
    im from martin county but dont live tere now but i thin the county was way better protected wen gorge airs was sheriff witch he might be my great uncle but martin county was way better thin it is now with gibs sorry but there
  • by MC on Dec 14, 2010 at 11:18 PM
    Ha, the guy probably had a pizza that the deputy wanted to eat. thats usually about all the martin county sheriff's department is good for. between that and riding around acting like they are hot stuff and important. Our sheriff's department and their "leader" Dan Gibbs are nothing but a huge JOKE.
  • by TJ Location: Pitt on Dec 4, 2010 at 02:43 PM
    I just want to remind all of those that are speaking negatively about these law enforcement officers. These officers were Charlie Brown's commrades...remember him folks? He was shot down while performing his duty and that is just what these officers were doing. Please try to offer just a tad bit of respect at least...for these were Charlie's pals.
  • by Sherry Location: Stantonsburg on Dec 1, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    To LEO...sounds to me like u might have just a little chip on your shoulder..thinking that all negative responses is against all LEO's...chill out...and YES, I am talking about the losers that tore up the vehicles....but don't act like there are not LEO's out there that use their badge to their advantage...there's one special little trooper that runs up and down the road that I live on, everytime he pulls someone, he thinks that he's gotta do a doughnut in the highway to turn around and go after the speeder...come on now...whose fault is that if he loses control and tears up the car....the speeders....I don't think so....but "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE" anyway....
  • by anonymous on Nov 30, 2010 at 10:53 PM
    To Sherry. Who are you referring to when you say "we"? I believe police officers pay taxes too.
  • by LEO Location: Martin County on Nov 30, 2010 at 10:37 PM
    To Sherry: I hope that you don't mean "they" as the officers that tore up the 3 patrol cars. These officers didn't tear up their vehicles. The criminal that was driving around in a stolen truck and refused to stop for law enforcement tore up the 3 vehicles by ramming them. And since you're in Stantonsburg you don't pay for a thing over here. Officers pay taxes just like anyone else.
  • by Anoymous LEO on Nov 30, 2010 at 05:04 PM
    Theresa, Lynn, and Fed Up: Thank you [and everyone else who support us]! Contrary to popular belief, we don't expect praise or "worship" from anyone...but a simple "thanks" from folks like you sure makes it worthwhile. I consider it an honor to work for you all. Thanks again.
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