A seven-minute high speed chase that reached speeds of up to 120 mph this week ended with the suspect being tased.
Trooper Spring was on patrol on Ramsey Road when he clocked a car, driven by Xavier Guzman, 22, of Piney Green Road, going 73 mph in a 45 mph zone at around 9:54 Thursday night, according to 1st Sgt. David Oglesby of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
“He tried to stop the car and it took off,” Oglesby said.
The chase went from Ramsey Road to Kellum Loop Road and onto U.S. 17 about two miles north of town.
“Once the guy got onto U.S. 17, he cut his headlights off for a bit, and made a left turn onto Piney Green Road,” Oglesby said.
Guzman then turned onto Hall Town Road and looped back onto U.S. 17.
An officer from the Jacksonville Police Department threw stopsticks into the intersection of U.S. 17 and Piney Green Road.
“Guzman’s car hit the stop sticks, made a left turn onto Piney Green again and pulled into a residence where he took off on foot,” Oglesby said. “After a short foot chase, the driver was tased while trying to jump a fence and taken into custody.”
During the chase, Guzman’s vehicle reached speeds of over 100 mph. The chase lasted about seven minutes. Luckily, no other cars were involved. Other than the tasing, there were no other injuries.
Guzman is being charged with felony speeding to elude, driving while impaired and reckless driving.
Because he is charged with felony eluding, his car was seized and will be auctioned by the state. Had Guzman pulled over when Spring first tried to stop him, he would have been charged with misdemeanors, but by trying run from police, he had his car seized and was charged with a felony, Oglesby said.
You probably have a better chance of getting hit by lightning than successfully eluding police, but many will never learn.