A Goldsboro man is accused of hitting a deputy’s patrol car during a drunken, high-speed chase through Wayne County on New Year’s Day.
Shonshi Ashmed Chavez-Rangel, 31, of 1312 N. Carolina St., is charged with driving impaired, possessing a schedule 1 controlled substance with an intent to distribute it, felony fleeing to elude, hit and run, careless and reckless driving, speeding and resisting arrest. He was being held in the Wayne County Detention Center under a $12,000 secured bond.
A deputy with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office’s DWI Task Force attempted to stop Chavel-Rangel’s vehicle after reportedly clocking it traveling at 89 mph in a 50 mph zone on U.S. Highway 117 South on New Year’s. The driver failed to stop for blue lights and sirens and a pursuit ensued, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies attempted a “rolling road block” on U.S. Highway 70 East to end the chase, but Chavel-Rangel steered to avoid it, hitting a patrol car in the median instead that sent his car careening into the cable median barrier on the highway, the release stated.
“The crash disabled the fleeing motorist’s vehicle and it came to a stop along the shoulder of the highway,” according to the release. “The driver was deemed to be highly impaired ... and he was also found to be in possession of a schedule I controlled substance.”
Chavez-Rangel had been driving a rental vehicle, which had to be towed from the scene.
He was transported to the Wayne County Jail where he was given an alcohol breath test that revealed an intoxication of 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit (of 0.08), according to the release.