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.
“Havelock officers turned in an attempt to catch up to the vehicle and had momentarily lost sight of the vehicle but continued toward N.C.101 whereupon they came upon the vehicle having been involved in an wreck near Alease Lane,” Cyrus said. “The vehicle had left the roadway and had struck a power pole and had overturned.”
Cyrus said the 2003 Saturn was on its top smoking, but not on fire, and the suspect was still inside, when police arrived.
“It did sever the power pole that it struck,” Cyrus said. “The individual crawled away from the vehicle and was taken into custody without further incident.”
Dusty Bryan, owner of Sure Shot Gun Sports, said it was the first time his business had been broken into.
“The guy broke the window and got in and broke a couple more windows trying to get out,” Bryan said. “The alarm went off. One of the neighbors came by. He heard the alarm and came to investigate.”
Bryan said the neighbor had a brief confrontation with Smith.
“He yelled at the guy and he took off running, went to his car and took off,” Bryan said.
Smith’s getaway wasn’t clean, as he ripped his car bumper off in the process of leaving.
“We have some parking bumpers, and he drove over one of them and he must have broken the bumper off,” Bryan said.
Bryan said the break-in failed.
“He didn’t get anything at all. He didn’t have any success,” Bryan said. “We’re just cleaning up broken glass and repairing stuff.”
Smith is an active-duty Marine assigned to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1 at Cherry Point, according to the base public affairs office.