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Driver charged in car chase with cops after checkpoint


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A man who led multiple law enforcement agencies on a car chase during a DWI checkpoint early this morning faces several assault charges after investigators say he intentionally hit a deputy's car twice. They say it started at a roadblock set up at the corner of 15th and Market streets around 1:30 a.m.

New Hanover County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says several agencies assisted with the checkpoint. Sgt. Brewer says a car that was initially stopped for the roadblock, pulled off when an officer approached the car, almost hitting two of them as he sped away. That's when he says a deputy went after the vehicle.

Dispatchers say the chase lasted about 10 minutes before deputies were able to stop the car by using a PIT maneuver.

A Wilmington Police spokeswoman says during the pursuit, the car intentionally hit a deputy's car twice. Officers say the chase ended on Castle Hayne Road near 23rd Street.

Sgt. Brewer says when the car was finally stopped, the driver, Johnnie Williams, would not get out, so officers broke a window, opened the door and used a K9 to pull him out of the vehicle.

Williams, 42, now faces charges of four counts of assault with a deadly weapon on law enforcement, felony speeding to elude, along with numerous traffic violations.

Before being booked in jail, Williams was taken to the hospital for injuries he suffered from the police dog.

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Way to go!

Awesome video, great job! All New Hanover Co law enforcement has been doing a great job lately - KEEP IT UP!!!