Newport man who refused to stop for police killed in crash

Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:19 PM.

A Newport man who refused to stop his vehicle for a sheriff’s deputy died in a head-on crash Tuesday night in Havelock, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Jeremy M. Banas, 41, was killed when his Chevy S10 pickup truck collided with a Ford F350 driven by Charles Smith, 63, of Havelock, around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The wreck happened on East Main Street near the intersection with Cunningham Boulevard.

According to Capt. Mark Weaver, of the Craven County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began at 7:12 p.m. when deputies were alerted to be on the lookout for a white Chevy S10 pickup that was driving carelessly and recklessly on N.C. 101.

“The person that called it in said that the S10 had struck a bridge in Carteret County and had continued driving westbound on 101,” Weaver said.

He said a deputy spotted the truck, got behind it and turned on his blue lights and sirens, but Banas did not stop.

Weaver said at one point the deputy pulled in front of the pickup in an attempt to box it in.

“The suspect vehicle hit the back of a deputy patrol car and then the suspect vehicle went down Roosevelt Boulevard towards Highway 70," Weaver said. "There was a lot of turning around and back and forth. The driver finally turned onto Main Street in Havelock going east in the westbound lanes. Our car continued in the eastbound lanes going east.”

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