Driver drove into city center while fleeing from police
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Driver drove into city center while fleeing from police

Driver drove into city center while fleeing from police
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SELMA – A downtown Selma business suffered major damage when a car crashed into the building.

It happened on July 4 at approximately 9:07 a.m. A Selma police officer on routine patrol attempted to stop a 2010 Hyundai Elantra for speeding 45 mph in a 25 mph zone on S. Raiford Street.

The officer caught up with the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop for a traffic stop. The vehicle approached the railroad tracks near S. Webb Street and E. Railroad Street at such a high rate of speed that the car became airborne. The vehicle spun around, and the officer lost sight of it.

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Moments later, a car crashed into the Surf & Turf at 115 E. Anderson Street. Fortunately, the store was closed for the Fourth of July holiday and no one was inside.

Police and rescue workers did not find anyone inside the crashed vehicle. During a search of the business, police said they found the driver in a back room, hiding behind several tires.

Tyrone Antwan Jones, 37, of James Street in Durham, North Carolina, was arrested and charged with fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving, speeding, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal damage to property, no insurance and failure to stop at a stop sign.

Damage to the building and its contents was estimated at $145,000. Damage to a utility pole and equipment in Selma was estimated at $20,000.