Man hijacks patrol car, chase ensues

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A Warsaw man led Mount Olive police on a high-speed chase with one of the department’s own patrol cars Saturday night.

Officers responded to a call involving a suspicious person at Walmart Saturday evening and made contact with 43-year-old Edward Carter Batts, who jumped into a patrol car and fled the scene, according to Mount Olive Police Department Chief Jason Hughes.

A high-speed chase ensued.

Officer Angel Yeoman pursued Batts on southbound U.S. Highway 117 toward Interstate 40. During the pursuit, she lost control of her vehicle and crashed at exit 355 on I-40.

The pursuit continued and Batts was eventually apprehended a short distance away without incident, according to the MOPD.

Faison Fire Department and EMS were dispatched to the scene. Yeoman was airlifted to Vidant Greenville and later released.

Officers charged Batts with felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, felony fleeing to elude arrest, felony larceny of a motor vehicle and damage to property.

He was booked into jail under a $40,000 secured bond.

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