UPDATE: Man arrested after crashing into car with family of four inside during Morehead City chase

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) – A police department in the east has arrested a man on multiple charges after a chase ended in a car crash, sending a family to the hospital with serious injuries.

The Morehead City Police Department says Cody Schulz is in the Carteret County jail after causing a car collision involving three cars on March 3rd.

The police department says an officer tried to stop the 32-year-old from Goldsboro, for driving erratically on Highway 70. Police said that Schulz did not stop and led the officer on a short chase before crashing at the intersection of Highway 70 and Hestron Drive just before 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Schulz, driving a 2004 Jeep Cherokee, hit the driver’s side mirror of a 2012 Ford passenger vehicle before colliding with the 2020 Toyota Tacoma driven by Nathaniel Leonard.

Police said Lenonard’s family of four was pulling out of Crystal Coast Plaza and appeared to be making a left turn to head east on Highway 70.

Officials say Nathaniel, his wife Suellen Leonard, and their two children sustained serious injuries.

Schulz also sustained serious injuries but was released from medical care and into the custody of the police department on Wednesday, according to officials.

He is in the Carteret County jail on a $1,000,000 bond facing 14 charges: five felonies, five misdemeanors, and four infractions.

Schulz has been charged with:

  • Three felony counts of aggravated assault by a vehicle with serious injuries
  • One felony count of possession of a firearm by a felon
  • One felony count of flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle
  • One misdemeanor count of reckless driving with wanton disregard
  • One misdemeanor count of speeding
  • One misdemeanor count of driving while impaired
  • One misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce
  • One misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked/impaired driving revocation
  • One infraction of failure to maintain lane control
  • One infraction of possession of an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle
  • One infraction of failure to reduce speed to avoid a motor vehicle collision
  • One infraction of failure to stop for a steady red light

Schulz is expected to have a first court appearance in Carteret County today.

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