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I-95 chase leads to crash, drug bust

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Nash County authorities arrested a Wilson man after a high-speed chase through Nash, Wilson and Johnston counties on Interstate 95 that officials say led to a drug and gun seizure.

A Nash County deputy tried to stop a silver Chevrolet Malibu for a traffic violation the evening of Oct. 8. The driver, later identified as 29-year-old Nazeer Dijon Vick, refused to stop and sped south on Interstate 95, Maj. Eddie Moore said in a Nash County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The chase reached more than 100 mph and Vick was “erratic in his driving behaviors by driving and passing vehicles on the shoulder of the road,” Moore wrote.

Kenly police deployed stop sticks to deflate Vick’s tires, but Vick drove on the highway shoulder to avoid them. Deputies say he lost control of the car and struck the side of a tractor-trailer near mile marker 105.

Deputies say Vick ran from the wrecked car to a nearby hotel.

“After additional units arrived on scene and established a perimeter, the suspect was located hiding in one of the rooms and was taken into custody without further incident,” Moore said in the release.

Authorities say they found a backpack containing 143 grams (5 ounces) of crack cocaine, 78 grams (2.75 ounces) of fentanyl, 269 grams (9.5 ounces) of marijuana and a loaded .357-caliber revolver.

Vick was evaluated at Wilson Medical Center and subsequently released. He was then taken to the Nash County Detention Center where he was charged with trafficking heroin, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of cocaine, conspiracy to traffic heroin or opiates, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver MDMA, felony fleeing to elude arrest and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Vick is being held under a $1,020,000 secured bond.

Nash County deputies were conducting a joint interdiction operation on I-95 with other law enforcement agencies that day, according to officials.

“The Nash County Sheriff ’s Office would like to thank all of those local law enforcement agencies that assisted in the pursuit and apprehension of the suspect,” Moore said in a release.