Lakewood graduate arrested after high-speed pursuit, wrecks

By: By Chris Berendt -

A Roseboro teenager has been charged with driving while impaired and several other offenses after leading law enforcement on a vehicle chase, in which he wrecked his car twice — once colliding with another vehicle — and ran off the road and into a tree before being taken into custody.

Four females were transported to Sampson Regional Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries as a result of the first wreck, which occurred at 12:09 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of N.C. 24 and Johnson Street in Roseboro.

According to authorities, Kendrick Praizes Bell, 18, of 110 Myrtle Road, Roseboro, was eluding a sheriff’s deputy when he failed to yield the right of way at the intersection. His vehicle, a 2009 Nissan Maxima, was struck by a 2014 Kia Optima occupied by the four females. Their vehicle was disabled, but his was able to keep going despite sustaining significant damage to the driver’s side door.

According to N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper A.C. Westmoreland, Bell was making a left turn across traffic from Johnson Street to N.C. 24, to travel westbound, while the Kia was traveling eastbound on N.C. 24. Following the collision, Bell continued traveling west on N.C. 24 and made a right turn on Lucas Road before making another right on Myrtle Road.

Further down Myrtle, not far from Bell’s listed residence, his vehicle traveled left of the center line, running off the left side of the roadway, where he struck a ditch, a mailbox and a couple of trees, Westmoreland said. That second wreck occurred at 12:15 a.m., just six minutes after the first.

Bell, who was uninjured, was taken into custody and transported to the magistrate’s office.

The N.C. Highway Patrol charged Bell with driving while impaired, failure to yield right of way, reckless driving and left of center. Westmoreland said Bell registered a 0.14 blood-alcohol level on the breathalyzer, nearly twice the legal limit of .08. The Sheriff’s Office reportedly charged him with fleeing to elude arrest and speeding, however other charges were not immediately known. Bell was clocked traveling 85 mph during the chase, authorities said.

Bell was placed under $5,000 bond, according to his sheriff’s arrest report.

Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said Bell was released on bail prior to being booked, so no mugshot was taken. He said deputies attempted to stop Bell for a moving violation and he failed to yield, which led to the pursuit.

Bell had just graduated from Lakewood High School on Friday morning.

The four females in the Kia, including driver Mary Scott Odum, 20, of Clinton, and passengers Tiffany Jordan, 23, of Turkey, Brailey Suzanne Fairchild, 20, of Salemburg, and Annie Madison Dixon, 18, of Clinton, were all transported to Sampson Regional and treated for “minor injuries,” Westmoreland said.

By Chris Berendt

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