Teen arrested after crashing car in Kinston Police chase

KINSTON, NC (WITN) A teenager has been charged after police say he led them on a chase in Kinston before crashing the stolen car he was driving.

Kinston Police say around 1:30 p.m. Monday officers saw a stolen vehicle on Bright Street.

In addition to being sought due to the stolen status, the 2011 Ford Fusion was believed to be involved in several larcenies from motor vehicles earlier in the day.

Police say when officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled southbound on Queen Street and officers gave chase. The pursuit continued outside the of Kinston and came to an end when the pursued vehicle crashed along a gravel path off of Jesse Howard Road in Lenoir County. The crash is being investigated by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The driver, 16 year old Kenneth Leroy Chavis III of Plymouth, was transported to UNC Lenoir for treatment. Chavis is being charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and felony eluding.

The vehicle was reported stolen in Plymouth on May 9th.

An 18 year old male as well as 19 year old female passenger, both from Kinston, were transported to UNC Lenoir for treatment.

None of the injuries in this crash appear to be life threatening.

The crash is being investigated by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The investigation into the larcenies from vehicles from earlier in the day continues to develop and charges are pending in those matters.