BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man has died following a high speed chase with Bladen County Sheriff’s deputies late Tuesday night.
Around midnight, deputies reported seeing a car driving approximately 75 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone on Business 701 in Clarkton.
Deputies attempted to pull the driver over, but the car reportedly took off.
The car traveled Highway 701 to Mercer Mill Road to Lisbon Road reaching 100 mph at times, according to deputies. Around the 700 block of Lisbon Road, the suspect lost control, overcorrected, and struck a tree off the left side of Lisbon Road.
The car flipped several times and the suspect was ejected.
The sheriff’s office say the suspect cut the headlights on the car off just before impact.
The suspect was identified as 38-year-old Eric Jason Jones, of Fayetteville. He was pronounced dead by EMS.
Jones had four orders for arrest for failure to appear on him. Two of which were out of Bladen County and two out of Cumberland County.
Deputies say they seized a stolen pistol, along with heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was called in to investigate the wreck by Sheriff Jim McVicker.
“At no time did our deputies strike the vehicle of Jones,” Sheriff McVicker said. “This wreck was caused by Jones high rate of speed and losing control of the vehicle. Driving at such a high rate of speed is very dangerous to the driver, our deputies, as well as other motorist on the highway. Fleeing to Elude Arrest in North Carolina is a Felony. This was a tragic accident which could have been avoided, our hearts and prayers go out to the family.”