The suspect in a Wednesday afternoon chase remains in critical condition at ECU Health Medical Center, according to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.
Captain Scott Hall said investigators have learned the driver of the stolen pickup, Quintin Lonnell Williams, 32, of Charleston, South Carolina, had earlier Wednesday morning carjacked a Chevrolet Traverse from a female victim in Summerville, South Carolina.
After fleeing Summerville and traveling approximately four hours to Nash County, he assaulted a man at a business off exit 141 and stole his Dodge pickup, Hall said.
Williams fled north on Interstate 95 while the Traverse was located by Nash County deputies at the business where the assault and theft of the pickup occurred.
That led to a chase that ended in Weldon when Deputy C. Roberts and Sergeant C. Sherrod collided with Williams, who was ejected from the pickup and sustained critical injuries. Roberts and Sherrod were treated at ECU North and were released. Hall said the officers are doing well.
Asked about the necessity of a pursuit in which speeds reached 100 miles per hour and ended in a crash, Hall said, “We never like to pursue people. We try to evaluate each incident and with the violent crime that had just been committed, we felt the suspect needed to be taken into custody.”
The sheriff’s office continues to investigate along with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Summerville Police Department and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.