Greenville Police Department (GPD) received a report of a larceny of a vehicle at the Speedway located at 500 N. Greene St. at 2:10 p.m. this afternoon that led to a collision at the intersection of Arlington Boulevard and Red Banks Road.
The press release from GPD said officers spotted the stolen pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Hooker Road and Arlington Boulevard. Initially, officers followed the vehicle and attempted to stop it, according to the release.
“Due to the high rate of speed in which the truck was traveling and the traffic volume, officers discontinued their pursuit for the safety of everyone on the roadway. The pursuit ended near the 600 block of Arlington Boulevard, prior to where the road intersects Evans Street,” the press release said.
The suspect, who has been identified as 35-year-old Joel Anthony Barkman of Newport, North Carolina, continued to travel at a high rate of speed and at 2:14 p.m. caused a four-vehicle collision at the intersection of Arlington Boulevard and Red Banks Road, according to the press release. The release said Barkman was not being pursued by police at the time of the crash.
The press release said two of the four individuals involved in the crash, including Barkman, were transported to Vidant Medical Center with what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries.
Charges are pending against Barkman upon his release from the hospital, according to the press release. The crash remains under investigation and names of the other drivers involved will be available upon the completion of the crash report.