Teen faces drug charges after car chase

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A teen faces gun and drug charges after authorities say he led deputies on a high-speed chase on U.S. 301.

On July 27, Wilson County sheriff’s deputies were conducting an ongoing investigation and attempted to perform a traffic stop at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Wilco Boulevard, officials said.

The incident happened shortly after 2 p.m.

The driver, 19-year-old Keedron Jamell Kearney, didn’t comply with deputies after they turned on their sirens and blue lights, according to the sheriff’s office. Kearney sped away and led deputies on a three-mile chase before they stopped him on Hill Street, officials said.

Deputies gave Kearney commands to exit his vehicle and he was taken into custody without further incident, according to Wanda Samuel, sheriff’s office chief of staff.

Samuel said a K-9 search was also performed inside the vehicle. As a result of the search, deputies said they seized 1 gram of cocaine, digital scales and a stolen semi-automatic weapon.

Kearney was charged with fleeing and eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, failure to stop at red light/stop sign, maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, felony possession of cocaine, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Kearney, of 901 Vance St., is currently being held at the Wilson County Detention Center under a $1.5 million bond.

Kearney also has pending charges including attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and shooting into an occupied vehicle in connection to a Feb. 11 incident.

Wilson police responded to Wilson Medical Center shortly after midnight on Feb. 11 and found the victim, 20-year-old Christian D. Kent, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Kent’s injuries were not life-threatening.

An investigation into that Feb. 11 incident revealed that Kent was shot while riding in a vehicle after a physical alteration happened between two other people, police said at the time.

Police determined then that the shooting happened in the area of Vance and Reid streets. Kearney was subsequently arrested.

As a result of an investigation, police arrested and charged Kearney in connection to the shooting.

Several days prior to the shooting, Kearney was convicted on Feb. 6 for felony possession of a Schedule I controlled substance, according to court documents. He received a suspended sentence and was placed on probation for 36 months, records indicate.

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