Deputies: Suspect in Martin/Pitt County high-speed chase held driver at gunpoint, was wanted on assault charges

Deputies: Suspect in Martin/Pitt County high-speed chase held driver at gunpoint, was wanted on assault charges
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 6:17 PM EDT
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PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect in a high-speed chase from Martin into Pitt County held the driver at gunpoint and forced her to keep driving before the car eventually was stopped.

The chase lasted roughly an hour before ending on Highway 11 South, just north of the Highway 903 stoplight down the road from Wellcome Middle School.

Williamston, Greenville and Bethel Police, Martin and Pitt County Sheriff’s Offices and NC Highway Patrol were involved in the chase.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says 40-year-old Vonderrick Cutler of Williamston was wanted on outstanding warrants charging him with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill, four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of felony flee to elude.

The chase started when law enforcement received information that Cutler was a passenger in a car in the area of White Street and North Haughton Street in Williamston.

Authorities say the vehicle refused to stop and continued North on NC Hwy 125. The pursuit continued through Hamilton and onto NC Hwy 903, where a firearm was thrown from the vehicle and later recovered. The pursuit continued to the intersection of NC Hwy 903 and NC Hwy 11 and ended when stop-sticks were deployed.

Cutler and the female driver were taken into custody. Deputies determined that Cutler held the female driver at gunpoint and forced her to continue to drive and not stop for law enforcement.

Cutler was transported to ECU Medical Center in Greenville complaining of chest pain.

He faces eleven charges, including first-degree kidnapping, five counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and felony flee to elude arrest.

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