TYRRELL COUNTY, NC (WNCT) – One man led Tyrrell County deputies on a high-speed chase after being stopped at a license checkpoint.
Just after 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 27-year-old Joshua M. Tagliaboski was driving a pickup truck, and presented his license to a deputy at a checkpoint on U.S. 64, east of Columbia.
The deputy believed the license was fictitious, and attempted to question Tagliaboski. That’s when he fled the checkpoint, traveling east on U.S. 64 toward Dare County.
Deputies pursued Tagliaboski east on U.S. 64. He drove onto the Alligator River Bridge and went through the flashing stop arms.
Tyrrell County Sheriff’s deputies said Tagliaboski then put his vehicle in reverse, attempting to back up on the bridge. While backing up, he hit another truck on the bridge, then rammed a Tyrrell County Sheriff’s vehicle.
Tyrrell County Deputies then arrested Tagliaboski of Bellefonte, PA. Further investigation revealed the pickup truck had been reported stolen out of Pennsylvania.
He was charged with use of a false license/permit in the commission of a felony, felony possession of a stolen vehicle, felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill two counts, felony fleeing to elude arrest, injury to personal property three counts, no operator’s license, careless and reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and resist delay and obstruct a public officer.
Tagliaboski was placed in the Dare County Detention Center on a $250,000 secured bond.
No injuries were reported.
Both lanes of travel were closed on the Alligator Bridge for nearly two hours.