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Six teens face charges after authorities say they tried to dodge a Saturday night traffic checkpoint in a stolen car and led deputies on a high-speed chase.
Shortly before midnight, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office was participating a multi-agency St. Patrick’s Day impaired driving checkpoint when a deputy spotted a vehicle making U-turn, officials said.
The vehicle was trying to avoid the checkpoint at Belle Meade Drive and Airport Boulevard, according to officials. The deputy then pulled behind the vehicle and activated the blue lights and siren in an effort to stop the vehicle, said Wanda Samuel, sheriff’s office chief of staff.
The vehicle fled and failed to stop at several red lights, Samuel said. Authorities pursued the vehicle, with the chase reaching speeds of 105 mph.
Deputies and N.C. Highway Patrol troopers were able to stop the vehicle after they deployed stop sticks on U.S. 301 North at the Wilson-Nash county line, Samuel said.
The car had been reported to the Wilson Police Department as stolen. Police officers seized the vehicle, authorities said.
Officials arrested 16-year-olds Chaz Jawuan Lamar Harris, Jerrian Poole, Kyoine Domonique Boykin and Zaylen Smith; and 17-year-old Keydrick Raheem Parker. All were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and fleeing to elude arrest.
They were each given a $10,000 secured bond.
Officials said they also took out a juvenile petition on a 15-year-old who was involved in the incident. That teenager, whose identity was not released due to age, was taken to the juvenile detention center in Greenville, deputies said.