Driver stole trailer and building materials ahead of Johnston County high-speed chase ::

– A high-speed pursuit in Johnston County ended Thanksgiving morning with a destroyed cruiser, two people in custody and the recovery of stolen building materials.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the chase ended around 7:30 a.m.

Earlier Thursday morning, a Wilsons Mills police officer saw a black pickup truck leaving a construction site with a load of lumber on a trailer. The driver fled when the police tried to stop him.

This led to a high-speed chase, with the truck and trailer driving in the wrong direction on US Highway 70 at over 100 miles per hour. The chase continued through Selma, then onto Interstate 95 as the driver attempted to eject the lumber from the trailer into the path of law enforcement.

A State Highway Patrol trooper was eventually able to end the pursuit as they exited Brogden Road.

The driver, a convicted felon from Lumberton, was in possession of a fully loaded AR-15 with a drum magazine, and a passenger was in possession of cocaine.

Officials confirmed that the trailer and building materials were stolen.

No one was hurt. Both suspects were transported to Johnston County Jail.

Wilson’s Mills, Smithfield and Four Oaks Police Departments responded along with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office and State Highway Patrol.