A normal attempt at a traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase that ended up in a crash at a gas pump, no injuries were reported, but two men were charged.
According to the Wayne County Sherrif's office, "on Monday, February 25, 2019, at approximately 5:25 pm, Deputy Miguel Torres attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle which was not displaying an N.C. registration plate." Along with no registration plate, Dallas Pridgen of Goldsboro decided to speed up choosing to try and outrun Deputy Torres.
Pridgen disregard all safety as he reached speeds in excess of 100 mph. As well as weaving in and out of traffic, "passing in no passing zones, passing on the shoulder of the road," Pridgen tried to lose the deputy by making multiple turns. The Sherrif's office says "N.C. Highway Patrol, as well as other deputies, attempted to stop the suspect by deploying stop sticks which were unsuccessful."
Pridgen attempted to make a left turn off Highway 111 onto Spring Bank Road by cutting through a parking lot of a convenience store but lost control and ran into a truck that was currently being fueled which sparked a fire. Pridgen's car and the truck were all destroyed in the midst of the fire.
After the wreck, the passenger Rahzel Forbes was captured immediately by Deputy Torres and another deputy. The driver, Dallas Pridgen was captured minutes later by other responding deputies with the use of a K9.
Sheriff Price said in a statement, “I am so thankful that no one was hurt in this incident. It is just a miracle that no one was hurt and that the driver of the truck had just walked away from his truck to go inside and pay for his fuel. This entire incident could have been completely avoided if the driver had just complied with the deputy’s signal to stop. At the most, the driver would have received a citation for the initial observed violation. But the driver’s election to further violate the laws of North Carolina has resulted now in more serious charges being levied against him and serious property damage to a tax paying citizen. All it takes to avoid situations like this is to comply with a law enforcement officers signal to stop.”
Both Pridgen and Forbes were charged. Pridgen was charged with:
Felony Speed to Elude Arrest
Driving While License Revoked
Failure to Register Vehicle with State
No Liability Insurance
Failure to Use Traffic turn signals
Pridgen's bond set at $10,000.00 and he was placed in the custody of the Wayne County.
Forbes was charged with:
Resist, Obstruct and Delay a Government Official
Fail to Obey Lawful Commands
Forbes' bond set at $3,000.00 and he was placed in the custody of the Wayne County Detention Center.