Newport man who refused to stop for police killed in crash

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

Weaver said he did not know exactly how fast Banas was driving but that it was at a high-rate of speed. He said Banas struck Smith, a part-time police officer for Havelock, right in front of the Havelock Police Department.

“He pulled into the oncoming traffic with no regard to himself or others and intentionally hit a vehicle head on,” Weaver said of Banas. “Apparently he didn’t swerve. He didn’t appear to avoid the vehicle.”

Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus said his officers played a limited role in the incident and responded in support of the sheriff's office.

"Our officers were not actively involved in the pursuit," he said.

According to the N.C. Highway Patrol, Banas was wearing a seatbelt and the airbag in his vehicle deployed.

Smith was treated and released from CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern, according to the highway patrol.

The highway patrol did not release any further information except to say no troopers were involved in the incident prior to the crash.

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