Vehicle involved in police chase crashes into building

building crash

Havelock police look through a vehicle that crashed into the Mr. Carpet building at the corner of East Main and Dogwood Street on Wednesday in Havelock. Police had been chasing the vehicle before it crashed.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM.

A driver being pursued by Havelock police lost control and crashed into the Mr. Carpet building Wednesday morning in Havelock.

The driver, Sarah Nicole Kronenberg, 29, of Havelock, was transported to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern, where she was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman. As of early Wednesday afternoon, Kronenberg was in the custody of Havelock police, facing multiple charges.

No one was inside Mr. Carpet when the Toyota Highlander crashed through the side of the building that faces Dogwood Street shortly before 10 a.m.

Johnathon Gurney was outside the nearby Highway 55 restaurant and saw police trying to catch up with the vehicle. Kronenberg was heading east on East Main Street, hit the raised median, crossed the two westbound lanes and slammed into the side of the building.

“She was weaving in and out of traffic,” Gurney said. “She was doing a good amount of speed. She hit that curb and popped into the air. She couldn’t gain control. There were four squad cars behind her.”

Tim Hardin, who runs Mr. Carpet, was outside and saw the crash happen.

“We were out front and I thought for sure that car was coming right at us,” he said. “Normally, we would be loading up on that side of the building, but for some reason, we were loading out front today. Thank God. That would have been a mess.”

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