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Chase on Hwy 64 leads to crash, arrest of fugitive
Daniel Jennings

A fugitive from Virginia was captured in Nashville last week following a vehicle chase.

Nash County Sheriff's Office Sergeant C. Boyd, who is assigned to the Highway Interdiction Team, attempted to conduct a stop on a black SUV last Wednesday. According to the Sheriff's Office, the distance of the black SUV to the other vehicle was around 1/2 to one car lengths behind the other vehicle.

The SUV exited off I-95 and traveled onto US 64 Westbound. Boyd was able to catch up to the vehicle as it was exiting North Old Carriage Road and traveling towards Nash Community College. Boyd activated his patrol lights and the vehicle slowed down and pulled into the public vehicular area of the college. The driver then turled around and parked with the vehicle facing North Old Carriage Road. As Boyd exited his patrol vehicle and started to approach the vehicle, the driver accelerated and started to travel back onto US 64. Boyd re-entered his vehicle, activated his siren and began to pursue the vehicle.

The vehicle turned onto US 64 traveling Eastbound down the Westbound ramp. Because the suspect was driving towards oncoming traffic, Boyd conducted a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver prior to the suspect's vehicle entering on to US 64. The SUV spun around and then drove away, heading Westbound on US 64 towards Nashville, where it reached in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Other Nash County Sheriff's Deputies were staged at exit 459, attempting to deploy stop sticks to stop the vehicle. According to a press release, the SUV managed to avoid the staging area, exited at US 64 at exit 459, and headed south on NC Highway 58 in Nashville. As the SUV drove under the bridge, it rear-ended a vehicle driven by a local citizen. The SUV then turned right traveling westbound on the eastbound off-ramp.

Boyd attempted another PIT maneuver but the driver was able to drive out of it. While headed to the top of the off-ramp in the wrong direction for the second time, Sergeant J. Hillis was able to perform a PIT maneuver causing the SUV to overturn onto its roof. The two occupants were removed from the SUV and taken into custody without further incident.

Both occupants were transported to UNC-Rocky Mount for medical evaluation and cleared shortly thereafter with no injuries.

The driver, Daniel Jennings, 30, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was charged with one count of felony flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle; one count of driving while license revoked impaired revocation based, one count of fictitious information to officer, hit/run leave scene of property damage, one county of fail to heed light or siren, and one count of extradition/fugitive other state for probation violation from Virginia Beach, Virginia concerning a probation violation related to possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.

Jennings received no bond due to the pending extradition.

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