Scotland Neck police Chief John Tippett said this afternoon the chase started when Officer C. Little was going to assist another officer with a separate traffic stop.
The driver of the car involved in the chase, Raheem McDaniel, was in front of Little’s patrol car and failed to heed the officer’s blue lights and sirens.
Tippett said McDaniel, 23, nearly struck Officer J. Lanier, who was attending to the unrelated traffic stop on Highway 125.
Lanier, Captain Tommy Parker and Sergeant J. Vlasak joined in the pursuit which ended in Martin County at the intersection of Iron Mine and Smith roads.
Parker said in an initial statement McDaniel reportedly threw several items from the vehicle and tried to cause the officer to wreck.
Both vehicles went off the road and the chase continued before the suspect vehicle struck a ditch. The suspect left the vehicle and fled.
Tippett said officers believe McDaniel intentionally tapped on his brakes causing Little to smash into the rear of his car. Little’s patrol car caught fire most likely from a busted oil pan. Little escaped from the vehicle and continued to pursue McDaniel on foot. Little and Lanier caught McDaniel and arrested him after a struggle.
Officers seized 7 grams of cocaine and 24 grams of marijuana at the scene, Tippett said.
In a statement this afternoon Parker said both Little and McDaniel were released from Martin General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
McDaniel was jailed on $30,000 bond.
McDaniel faces charges of felony flee to elude arrest, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, felony possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver marijuana, felony maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, resist, delay and obstruct, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, and driving while license revoked.
He additionally faces 14 traffic violations and has a July 12 court date.