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UPDATE: Troopers identify driver in Tuesday chase with Greenville Police

Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 10:20 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 20, 2021 at 4:09 PM EDT
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - We now know who troopers say was behind the wheel of a car being chased by Greenville Police following a robbery on Tuesday.

Trooper Michael Potter said that Calvin Williams Jr., 21, of Elizabeth City, was driving a passenger vehicle south on Memorial Drive as he was being pursued by Greenville Police.

Potter said that Williams ran a red light at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Mall Drive as Heather Brown, 44, of Winterville, was turning left from the northbound lanes of Memorial Drive onto Mall Drive.

The trooper said that Williams’ car hit Brown’s truck in the front quarter panel causing her vehicle to spin around. We’re told the car’s impact with the truck then caused it to crash into a utility pole connected to traffic lights.

Williams has been charged with reckless driving, failure to stop at red light, no operator’s license, and not wearing a seatbelt.

Potter said that charges from Greenville Police involving the actual chase are likely.

Police on Tuesday morning said the chase started around 9:45 after an officer witnessed a robbery in the parking lot of the Bank of America on Greenville Boulevard near Red Banks Road.

Officers said they followed the vehicle that the suspect got into that had three other people inside.

Trooper Potter said that injuries in the wreck appeared to be non-life threatening.

We’re still awaiting further information from police regarding their investigation of the robbery.

TUESDAY STORY

Most lanes of a main Greenville street have reopened after a major crash following a police chase.

By 4:00 p.m., two of the three southbound lanes had reopened for South Memorial Drive at Mall Drive, while earlier the southbound lanes reopened to traffic.

The chase began after a Greenville officer saw a person rob a woman in the parking lot of the Bank of America at Greenville Boulevard and Red Banks Road around 9:45 a.m.

Police say the robber got into a black car and the officer followed the car.

Eventually, the car turned onto South Memorial Drive and then crossed into oncoming traffic. The car hit a pickup truck and then both vehicles collided into the utility pole.

Police say all four people in the car were taken to Vidant Medical Center with significant injuries, while the driver in the pickup had serious injuries. The battery from one of the vehicles ended up several hundred feet down South Memorial Drive.

Since the crash was the result of a police chase, Greenville police have asked the Highway Patrol to investigate the accident.

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE

A major Greenville street remains closed to all traffic after a police chase Tuesday morning resulted in a serious crash.

South Memorial Drive is shut down in both directions at Mall Drive after a pickup truck and a car crashed into a utility pole for traffic lights at the intersection.

The chase began after a Greenville officer saw a person rob a woman in the parking lot of the Bank of America at Greenville Boulevard and Red Banks Road around 9:45 a.m.

Police say the robber got into a black car and the officer followed the car.

Eventually, the car turned onto South Memorial Drive and then crossed into oncoming traffic. The car hit a pickup truck and then both vehicles collided into the utility pole.

Police say all four people in the car were taken to Vidant Medical Center with significant injuries, while the driver in the pickup had serious injuries. The battery from one of the vehicles ended up several hundred feet down South Memorial Drive.

Since the crash was the result of a police chase, Greenville police have asked the Highway Patrol to investigate the accident.

Police say it will take the rest of the afternoon for crews to replace the utility pole, rehang the traffic lights and clear the highway of all of the debris.

Memorial Drive at Mall Drive is closed due to a "significant vehicle crash."
Memorial Drive at Mall Drive is closed due to a "significant vehicle crash."(WITN-TV)

TUESDAY MORNING STORY

A chase involving Greenville police and a suspected robber had lead to crash that shut down a busy road in Greenville.

Memorial Drive at Mall Drive is closed due to a crash. According to Greenville police, an officer saw a suspect rob a woman in the parking lot of the Bank of America on Greenville Boulevard and Red Banks Road at around 9:45 a.m. The suspect got into a black sedan and left the area. Officers followed the vehicle and saw it passing through the Overton’s parking lot and then went behind Target, returned to the westbound lanes of Greenville Boulevard and turned left onto Memorial Drive.

Police say officers were trying to pursue the suspects when they were crossing into oncoming traffic. The vehicle hit a silver pickup truck and a utility pole on Memorial Drive where it intersects with Mall Drive.

All four people in the suspect vehicle were taken to Vidant Medical Center with significant injuries. The person in the silver truck was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Both vehicles have significant front-end damage. The battery from one of the vehicles ended up several hundred feet from where the crash happened.

Greenville police have asked the State Highway Patrol to investigate the crash because officers were trying to pursue the vehicle when the crash happened. GPD will handle the robbery investigation.

Police say businesses on Memorial Drive, between Regency Boulevard and Greenville Boulevard, will likely deal with the impacts of this until the end of the day. Crews are expected to fix the downed power lines and traffic signals for the next 6-7 hours.

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