NC man leads cops on 40+ mile chase at speeds over 110 mph, officials say

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Lester Thomas Heath in a photo from WNCT.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — An Ayden man has been arrested on several charges after a lengthy, high-speed vehicle chase.

On Saturday, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a reported violation of a domestic violence protection order.

Deputies said they discovered a blue Chevrolet truck, possibly operated by the suspect on Odie Moore Road near County Home Road. 

Deputies said they attempted to stop the driver, at which time the truck sped up and refused to stop.

The chase continued into Craven County, through Vanceboro, and up N.C. 17. 

On N.C. 17 in Beaufort County just north of the City of Washington, state troopers deployed stop sticks which disabled the truck, safely ending the chase.

Lester Thomas Heath, 55, of Ayden, was arrested and charged with:

  • Felony stalking
  • Three counts misdemeanor violation of a domestic violence protection order
  • Misdemeanor domestic criminal trespass
  • Felony flee to elude arrest
  • Misdemeanor reckless driving with wanton disregard
  • Misdemeanor resisting a public officer
  • Misdemeanor fail to yield at a stop sign/flashing red light
  • Misdemeanor driving left of center
  • Misdemeanor speeding 112mph in a 55mph zone

Heath was sent to the Pitt County Detention Center under a $57,000 bond. 

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