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Shooting on I-95 sparks 50-mile chase into Nash County

ERWIN, N.C. (WNCN) - A shooting incident on Interstate 95 in Harnett County resulted in a chase that ended in Nash County, the Harnett County Sheriff's Office said.

Raymond Bryant Jr. has been charged by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol with DWI, felony speed to elude, resisting a public official, and failure to heed to blue lights/siren, officials said.

ATF and federal prosecutors have been called in to assist, according to Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats.

"It appears at this time it was road rage because of where he was traveling on the shoulder of the road and passing everybody," Coats said at a Thursday night press conference.

The shooting stemmed from a collision near exits 73 and exit 75 near Dunn. 

No one was injured in the shooting, the Harnett County Sheriff's Office said. 

Bryant, 44, of Roseboro, was driving a stolen work truck hauling a trailer when he led law enforcement on a chase on I-95 into Nash County, the sheriff's office said.

Harnett County officials said Bryant was originally driving a 1997 Ford Ranger in a reckless manner, and caused an accident in Harnett County on I-95. He then got out of his vehicle and discharged a shotgun into the driver-side window of a tractor trailer that was stopped due to accident, officials said.

The driver and passenger of that vehicle exited. Officials said Bryant then tried to flee in the tractor trailer, but wrecked it, blocking most of the north lane, officials said.

Bryant unsuccessfully tried to enter another tractor trailer. Officials said he then stole a work truck at gunpoint and led authorities on a chase north on I-95.

Bryant was taken into custody when the work truck ran out of gas near mile marker 144 in the Nash County area, officials said. 

Coats said 11 ounces of marijuana was found in Bryant's pickup truck he left at the initial scene in the Harnett County area.

Bryant was taken to the Nash County jail for processing. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.

He made his first court appearance Friday morning. Bryant faces a maximum of 42 months in prison. He said he plans to hire his own attorney and has a next scheduled court date of May 17.

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