High speed chase in Nash County ends in wreck at Spring Hope park

SPRING HOPE, N.C. (WITN) – A high-speed chase in Nash County sent two people to the hospital late Thursday night after the driver crashed at a local park.

“They are booking it, they are flying” is how one witness described a car that led police on a high-speed chase that started in Nash County before entering the small town of Spring Hope late Thursday night.

Nashville Interim Police Chief David Boykin said that the chase started in Nashville on Hwy 64 West. The driver refused to stop and led police on a chase that exited the highway at NC 581 near Spring Hope.

The chase continued into neighborhood areas of Spring Hope on Walnut Street before traveling into Walnut Court, which ends in a cul-de-sac. The driver of the car being chased turned around at the cul-de-sac and drove through a yard to get past pursuing police cars, dragging a rolling town trash can with him.

The driver turned left on McClean Street where is collided with a Nashville police car and wrecked at the upper baseball field at Spring Hope Park.

Nash County deputies, the North Carolina Highway Patrol, and police from Nashville and Spring Hope police departments were involved in the pursuit, according to witnesses.

“I’m so proud of our local law enforcement for acting fast and cautiously,” said Spring Hope Mayor Kyle Pritchard. “No citizens were injured in the high-speed chase that ended at our Spring Hope baseball fields. We are safe in Spring Hope because of our amazing police force.”

Both the driver and passenger in the vehicle were taken by Nash County EMS to the hospital, their condition is not known.

Chief Boykin said that the chase is still under investigation and any charges the driver faces will be released soon.

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