• 52°

North Carolina-Virginia chase leaves three injured, one arrested

A man accused by authorities of firing gunshots at random cars on Interstate 95 is in custody after a high-speed police chase began Saturday in North Carolina and ended in Virginia, leaving two women and a deputy injured.

Officers began pursuing the suspected shooter in Nash County after receiving calls Saturday evening about an erratic driver firing a weapon on the interstate, Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said during a news conference Sunday. The chase continued through Halifax County before heading across the North Carolina-Virginia state line.

Stone said speeds at one point reached 110 miles per hour (177 kph). The pursuit ended in the area of Emporia, Virginia after the suspect lost control, collided with the median and partially rolled the vehicle.

Stone identified the driver as Franklin Joseph Dangerfield, 34, of Ladson, South Carolina.

Stone said Dangerfield shot at multiple cars and injured two people. A 70-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder and another woman suffered injuries from shattered glass that punctured her. Both victims were taken to hospitals in North Carolina.

Stone called the situation “very alarming” and said authorities have not identified a motive.

A Nash County deputy suffered injuries that weren’t life threatening during the chase and was treated at a hospital in Emporia, Virginia. He has been released from the hospital.

Stone said Dangerfield was found in possession of a sawed-off shotgun and multiple shells were recovered from his car. He is at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

Stone said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the shootings. He said charges against Dangerfield in Virginia include DUI and reckless driving. He will also face charges in North Carolina.

READ ABOUT MORE NEWS HERE.

RECENT HEADLINES:

Dog food recall issued due to levels of mold by-product

BCCC and Sound Rivers to start construction on new wetlands

News

Lowack elected KDH Zoning Board of Adjustment chair; board hears from two exemption applicants

News

Virtual meeting on Rodanthe Bridge set for Thursday

Currituck

4-H project book training set

News

North Carolina to get 85,000 initial Pfizer COVID vaccine doses

News

Thirty-seven additional positive COVID-19 test results reported in Dare

Crime

FBI searches for ‘Too Tall Bandit’ suspected in 16 bank robberies

News

US appeals court rules judge wrongly halted NC voter ID

Hyde

Food box distribution Thursday for Hyde County

Lifestyles

WinterLights: Holiday displays bring a decade of cheer

Lifestyles

Free health screenings for those in fishing industry

News

State and local COVID-19 case count update; additional COVID-related death reported in Dare

News

2017 ban on local LGBT ordinances ends in North Carolina

News

Additional COVID-19 death reported in Bertie County

Crime

Deputies: Woman shot man, robbed store in North Carolina crime spree

News

Criminal record, sentence changes among new North Carolina laws

Currituck

Currituck 4-H program helps with weekend meals for students in need

News

First female Senate majority leader elected in North Carolina

Lifestyles

No turning back: How living in a van has led John Demer to extraordinary places and people

Lifestyles

Giving back to the sounds by recycling for reefs

Hyde

Christmas concerts with David Roach set in Columbia, Swan Quarter and Plymouth

Crime

Man gets prison time for false bomb threats made to schools

News

Gaddy Endowment Fund donates $100k to Manteo Middle School

News

Man dies after 50-foot fall in North Carolina state park

News

15-year-old boy dead, brother injured in North Carolina campground fire