Man believed to be involved in break-in wrecks car

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM.

A Havelock man is facing multiple charges after authorities said he tried to break in to a gun shop Wednesday evening and then wrecked his car trying to flee.

Jimmy Smith III, 22, has been charged with felony breaking and entering with the intent to commit a larceny and misdemeanor damage to property, said Capt. Mark Weaver of the Craven County Sheriff’s Office.

Weaver said Smith would likely face additional driving charges for crashing his vehicle on Adams Creek Road during an attempt to flee. N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper J.A. Rink is investigating the wreck, but he was unavailable on Thursday to provide any information.

Smith was injured in the crash and was taken by Havelock ambulance to a landing zone behind Township 7 Fire Department, where he was picked up by an EastCare helicopter and transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, according to Havelock Fire Chief Rick Zaccardelli. A hospital spokesman said Thursday that Smith had been discharged.

Weaver said authorities picked up Smith from the hospital and brought him to the Craven County Jail just before 5 p.m. Smith’s bond was set at $5,000.

According to Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus, Havelock received a mutual aid request at 5:27 p.m. Wednesday from the sheriff’s office regarding a break-in in progress at the Sure Shot Gun Sports shooting range at 3230 Adams Creek Road in the North Harlowe area.

While responding to the call, Havelock Officer Loren Boone, Officer Kim Tutwiler and Sgt. Alex Swearer saw a vehicle that matched the description given to authorities driving at a high rate of speed, Cyrus said.

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