Knightdale man accused of hitting a woman, fleeing police

SUPPLY, N.C. (WECT) – A suspect is in custody after leading Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Highway Patrol Troopers on a chase down Highway 17 Sunday morning.

The incident started hours before, when deputies responded to a 911 call for assault on a female and injury to property around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Anthony Joseph Price of Knightdale (Brunswick County Sheriff's Office)
Anthony Joseph Price of Knightdale (Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)

The call came from a home on Jolly Rodgers Drive in Supply.

When deputies got to the home, the suspect had already left.

According to arrest warrants, the suspect reportedly hit the female victim’s hip with a closed fist.  Warrants also state the suspect caused more than $200 worth of damage to a 1997 Ford 350.

An alert was issued to be on the lookout for the suspect’s vehicle, a Silver Grand Am.

Around 7 a.m. Sunday, the vehicle was spotted in the Leland area around Waterford by a Brunswick County Deputy and Highway Patrol Trooper. They tried to pull over the driver but said he did not comply.

The pursuit continued down Highway 17. Several attempts were made to pull over the driver, including the use of stop spikes which pierced three of the tires.  The suspect was reportedly speeding more than 15 miles over the speed limit and driving recklessly.  The suspect’s driving also reportedly caused a crash that damaged property, costing more than $1,000 in damage, according to warrants.

Deputies and troopers attempted a PITT maneuver to try to stop the driver. Arrest warrants state in an effort to avoid the PITT maneuver, the suspect swerved towards a Brunswick County Deputy’s vehicle resulting in the assault with a deadly weapon charge.

The chase ended when the suspect’s car rolled over on its side on Highway 17, near Galloway Road.

The driver, Anthony Joseph Price, 20, of Knightdale was taken into custody. He was first taken to Brunswick Novant Hospital to be checked out, then to the Brunswick County Detention Facility. He is being held under a $60,000 bond.

Price faces several charges including:

  • Flee/Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle, Felony
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Government Official, Felony
  • Resisting a Public Officer, Misdemeanor
  • Injury to Personal Property, Misdemeanor
  • Assault on a Female, Misdemeanor

More charges could be coming from Highway Patrol.

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