Brief chase in Lenoir ends in crash

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

Stoney Banner was washing his car in a quiet Friday morning when suddenly a red Toyota Camry came speeding down Harper Avenue toward Fairview Drive.

Banner said he looked and "saw a car coming around the curve wide open," indicating where the car tried to turn onto Fairview Drive. "It went up that fence and flipped over. He's lucky he didn't go over that fence and hit that (utility) pole."

Soon after, police arrived.

Lenoir police said that an officer on Virginia Street at Harper Avenue saw the Toyota speed through a red light shortly before 9:30 a.m. while going west on Harper Avenue. As the officer pursued the Toyota, the car's driver tried to turn onto Fairview but skidded off the road and struck the guide wires for a utility pole, which flipped the car over.

Police later determined that the car also had been involved in a hit-and-run accident on Poplar Street.

The driver, Nathaniel Jawon Norwood, 23, of Holloway Place, was taken to Caldwell Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest; two counts failure to stop for a red light; speeding 60 mph in a 25-mph zone; aggressive driving; careless and reckless driving; driving left of center; hit and run property damage; driving while impaired and no operators license. Norwood was jailed on a $30,000 secured bond.

Two passengers in the car were not injured. One of them, Martha Craig, was the registered owner of the car, and was charged with allowing an unlicensed driver to drive.