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Man facing dozen charges after police chase & four-vehicle crash

Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 2:51 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 1:53 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A Newport man is facing a dozen charges after police say he led them on a chase and ended up causing a four-vehicle crash at a busy Greenville intersection.

Joel Barkman is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, larceny of a motor vehicle, b&e motor vehicle, felony flee/elude, reckless driving to endanger, speeding, driving while license revoked, failure to stop at a red light, driving left of center, failure to maintain lane control, failure to yield and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Police say it all began Monday afternoon when the 35-year-old is accused of stealing a pickup truck at the Speedway on North Greene Street.

Officers spotted the truck in the area of Hooker Road and Arlington Boulevard. They began chasing it, but because the truck was traveling so fast, they stopped the pursuit around J.H. Rose High School.

Three blocks later, police say the stolen truck caused the four-vehicle crash at the Red Banks Road intersection.

Barkman and the driver of another vehicle were injured.

The man was released from Vidant Medical Center, charged with the crimes, and then transferred to the Pitt County jail. A magistrate set his bond at $250,000.

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A stolen pickup truck that Greenville police had been chasing was part of a four-vehicle crash Monday afternoon which shut down a busy intersection.

The crash happened around 2:15 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Arlington Boulevard and Red Banks Road.

Greenville police say they got a report of the pickup being stolen from the Speedway on North Greene Street.

Officers spotted the truck in the area of Hooker Road and Arlington Boulevard. They began chasing it, but because the truck was traveling so fast, they stopped the pursuit around J.H. Rose High School.

Three blocks later, police say the stolen truck caused the four-vehicle crash at the Red Banks Road intersection.

Joel Barkman, 35, of Newport, was injured, along with the driver of another car involved in the crash. Both were taken to Vidant Medical Center with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

The intersection was shut down for about an hour and police say Barkman will be charged once he gets out of the hospital..

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