RALEIGH, N.C. - A brief chase involving the North Carolina State Highway Patrol ended in the suspect vehicle crashing on Interstate 440 westbound, highway patrol officials said.
According to officials, around 4:40 a.m. highway patrol was involved in a short chase with a driver in a black Honda who refused to stop their vehicle when authorities attempted to pull them over for driving recklessly and speeding.
The driver has been identified as Christopher Lee Hawkins, 20, of Rocky Mount.
The vehicle, which reached speeds as high as 118 mph, ended up crashing on I-440 near exit 10 for Wake Forest Road after Hawkins lost control and slammed into a Ford pickup, according to authorities. The crash closed three of four lanes in the area, but by 5:45 a.m. only the right lane remained closed. By 6:45 a.m. all lanes had reopened.
Hawkins is charged with:
- Possession of a stolen vehicle
- Speeding 118 mph in a 60 mph zone
- Felony speeding to elude arrest
- Driving on a revoked license
- Resist, delay, and obstruct a public officer
Officials did not say if anyone was injured in the crash.
Hawkins was transported to the Wake County Detention Center where he's being held on a $100,000 secured bond.
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