Updated Dec. 12
Simpson Floors, the company that owns the stolen work van, released a statement Wednesday night:
“This was our work van but this man is in NO way connected to our business! He was running from the police and ran through the development we were working in today. He stole the van, and the police were notified.
“We are very thankful that no one was harmed, and he has been arrested. The van can be repaired or replaced; lives cannot. We are also thankful for all the law enforcement that worked on this case and brought him to justice.”
Updated 6 pm, Dec. 11
Kody Lee Holland, 29, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he lead law enforcement officers on a high speed chase from North River to western Morehead City in a stolen work van.
The chase reached speeds in the 80-100 mph range, according to the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office. No one was injured.
Holland has been charged with felony possession of stolen property, felony flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle, injury to personal property, and other traffic violations. He is being held under a $45,000 bond and will go before a judge tomorrow in Carteret County.
The chase started at the intersection of Laurel Road and Merrimon Road in North River, about 5 miles north of Beaufort.
Sheriff’s Deputies identified the vehicle after receiving a BOLO, “be on the lookout,” alert about a Ford Econoline van reported stolen from Onslow County. The van was marked with the name “Simpson Floors,” a company owned by Justin Simpson in Pink Hill. Holland’s connection to Simpson Floors is unknown.
Holland refused to pull over, instead heading south on Highway 70 toward Beaufort. Deputies used spike strips to successfully blow out two of the van’s tires, but Holland continued along the Beaufort Bypass and into Morehead City.
Richard Blaine posted a video on Facebook of Holland traveling on rims through downtown Morehead while waving out the window.
Eventually Holland pulled into the Parkway Shopping Center parking lot in Morehead, near the Food Lion. The Sheriff’s Office said Holland was taken into custody without incident.
“The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office thanks the agencies who provided assistance with the chase and is very thankful there are no injuries to report,” officials stated in a news release Wednesday evening.
Holland lives in Jacksonville and had an outstanding warrant in Onslow County. His connection to Simpson Floors is still unknown.
One subject was arrested at gunpoint after a car chase through Beaufort and Morehead City early Wednesday afternoon. No injuries to law enforcement or civilians had been reported by publishing time.
The male subject was driving a white van with “Simpson Floors” on the side. Simpson Floors operates out of Pink Hill, NC, and is owned by Justin Simpson.
Initial reports indicate the vehicle was stolen.
The chase was initiated by the county sheriff’s office and began in the eastern part of the county according to Beaufort Public Information Officer Rachel Johnson.
The subject then entered Beaufort’s jurisdiction on the Beaufort Bypass, and the sheriff’s office called Beaufort Police for mutual aid. Beaufort PD joined the chase until the subject entered Morehead City’s jurisdiction, Johnson said.
Richard Blaine posted a recording on Facebook of the van traveling through downtown Morehead with both passenger-side tires blown out while the driver waved out the window.
Eyewitness Andrea Smith told The Beacon that law enforcement followed the subject into the K-Mart/Food Lion shopping center parking lot in Morehead after the vehicle blew a tire.
Smith said the subject attempted to fight law enforcement before being taken into custody.
This is a developing story, and details are subject to change.
Correction: The van said “Simpson Floors” not “Simpson Flooring” as was previously reported.