Sheriff office K9 seriously hurt after high-speed chase Thursday, two adults facing almost 30 charges

MARTIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Deputies say they were involved in a high-speed chase early Thursday morning after trying to stop two cars suspected to be involved in a stolen vehicle investigation.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office says Steven Adams, 40, and Shannon Jackson, 20, are collectively facing 29 charges after leading deputies on a high-speed chase through Martin and Edgecombe Counties.

The sheriff’s office says Thursday morning around 2:30 a.m., Martin County Deputy Justin Barr was sitting on US Highway 64 Expressway near mile marker 509.

Barr says he saw two vehicles, a black BMW sedan and a black Nissan Titan, that matched the description of a stolen car and a suspect car related to a stolen vehicle investigation.

WITN is told Barr started to follow the two vehicles and called for help from other Martin County deputies and officers with the Williamston Police Department.

Officials say Barr tried to stop the two cars while following them onto NC Highway 903 near Robersonville, but they sped away, starting a chase.

The sheriff’s office says the chase took deputies, officers from the Williamston Police Department, and deputies from the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office through Martin County and into Edgecombe County.

Shortly after crossing the Edgecombe County line, officials say the Nissan Titan drove off-road and began to drive in a field, ultimately crashing into a large canal, and Jackson and Adams started running on foot.

Deputy Barr ran after them with K9 Draco. The sheriff’s office says Draco found Adams, and that Adams assaulted the K9, causing a serious injury to Draco’s right eye.

Officials tell WITN that Jackson was found with a drone and arrested.

Adams and Jackson are both being held without bond for 48 hours.

Adams is facing felony assault on a law enforcement a K9, along the same 14 charges that Jackson is also facing.

They are listed as follows:

  • Two counts of felony breaking and or entering
  • Two counts of felony larceny after breaking and or entering
  • Two counts of felony possession of burglary tools
  • Felony larceny of a motor vehicle
  • Felony flee to elude
  • Failure to stop for blue lights and siren
  • Driving while license revoked
  • Felony possession with intent to manufacture, sale, or deliver methamphetamine
  • Felony possession with Intent to manufacture, sale, or deliver methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school
  • Resist, delay, and obstruct
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia