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Driver in high-speed chase accused of throwing hammers and other items at pursuing officers

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A high-speed chase Monday morning ended in a crash in Pitt County and the search continues for the driver who threw hammers and other items at officers during the pursuit.

A high-speed chase Monday morning ended in a crash in Pitt County and the search continues for the driver who threw hammers and other items at officers during the pursuit.

Grifton Police officials said officers went to a home on Dawson Road at around 11 a.m. after someone there made a call that another person was ‘communicating threats.’

One of the people was in his car in the driveway when they pulled up, and investigators said he sped off and started throwing out items from inside the car, including at least two hammers, electronic equipment, clothing, bottles and blankets.

The suspect is also accused of repeatedly slamming on his brakes, trying to cause the pursuing officers to crash.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Highway Patrol helped with the chase, which ended just outside of Winterville when an officer performed a pit maneuver, forcing the car off the road.

The man was last seen running into the nearby woods.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.