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Suspect in I-440 WB chase was driving almost 120 mph before crash, officials say

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.

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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
  • Hit-and-run
  • 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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