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Deputies: High-speed chase ends outside jail

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A man accused of leading sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase from Saratoga to Wilson must have known where he’d end up — he drove himself to jail.

Sean Nathaniel Artis, 28, of 3108 Welford Place, was arrested early Monday after stopping in the driveway of the Wilson County Detention Center sally port, according to Wanda Samuel, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office chief of staff.

Two patrol deputies saw Artis drive through a red light at the intersection of Church and Main streets in Saratoga around 1:48 a.m., Samuel said. When deputies tried to pull the car over, Artis slowed down but would not stop.

Artis continued onto U.S. 264 Alternate East and stopped his car in the middle of the road near the Grimsley Store Road intersection, Samuel said. Deputies approached the stopped car, one on the driver’s side and one on the passenger side, and Artis allegedly ignored instructions to show his hands.

Samuel said Artis sped away and his car brushed against one of the deputies on the right side of his hip. The deputy was not injured.

The chase resumed and Artis exceeded 100 mph in an effort to elude the pursuing deputies, Samuel said.

Artis entered the Wilson city limits at a speed of 75-80 mph and failed to stop at red lights at the Martin Luther King Parkway-Lipscomb Road and Ward Boulevard-Nash Street intersections, Samuel said.

Artis turned onto Tarboro Street and pulled into the driveway of the detention center sally port, where Samuel noted he was taken into custody.

Deputies searched the car and seized more than $700 wrapped in a paper bag along with several clear plastic bags, according to the sheriff’s office.

Artis was charged with felony fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, failing to stop for a steady red light, speeding and driving while license revoked.

A Wilson County magistrate ordered Artis jailed under a $15,000 secured bond.

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