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Troopers: Chase led to Sunday evening crash

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Authorities say a Goldsboro man who led state troopers on a chase Sunday evening ran a stop light and caused a crash with several vehicles on Raleigh Road Parkway.

Shortly before 8 p.m., an N.C. Highway Patrol trooper clocked 28-year-old Eric Artis speeding on Raleigh Road Parkway near Interstate 95, officials said.

When the trooper attempted to stop Artis, officials say he fled, leading authorities on a chase.

Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Steven Dail said Artis ran a stop light at the intersection of Raleigh Road Parkway and Ward Boulevard and struck another vehicle traveling through the intersection.

That vehicle as well as Artis’ 2009 Ford Explorer and three other vehicles were damaged as a result, Dail said.

Artis and the woman driving the vehicle that was struck at the intersection were taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, troopers said.

Dail said both were in serious condition as of Sunday night.

Others involved in the crash were treated and released or taken to Wilson Medical Center, officials said.

Dail said charges against Artis are pending and the incident is still under investigation. He said troopers suspect Artis was also impaired at the time.

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