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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 11:30 am | Updated: 12:55 pm, Fri Jan 4, 2019.

CAPE CARTERET — After a long chase that reached speeds of 169 mph Monday, town police charged a Hubert man with numerous offenses, including felony fleeing to elude arrest.

Corey Kaznowski, 26, was charged after he lost control of his motorcycle on Piney Green Road in Jacksonville and attempted to escape on foot.

In addition to the felony charge, he has also been charged with careless and reckless driving, speeding, injury to personal property, resisting an officer, fictitious registration and operating a vehicle with no liability insurance. According to records, he has since been released from custody.

Cape Carteret Police Chief Bill McKinney said the chase began around 4:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve after the department received numerous reports of multiple motorcyclists driving carelessly and recklessly throughout town.

Officers found the motorcyclists, and after witnessing their erratic driving, attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

In a press release, Chief McKinney said the drivers refused to stop for the officer involved in the pursuit. The three motorcyclists then led the officer in a pursuit through Cedar Point, Swansboro, throughout the Belgrade-Swansboro/Smith Road area of Onslow County and into Jacksonville.

Mr. Kaznowski was captured on foot and was taken to Carteret Health Care in Morehead City and treated for minor injuries, then placed in the Carteret County Jail in Beaufort under a $20,000 secured bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Carteret County District Court Friday, Jan. 18.

Chief McKinney thanked the N.C. Highway Patrol for its assistance, as well as the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office for the support of their K-9 and K-9 officer, in the apprehension of the suspect. However, the two other motorcyclists had not been found as of Thursday, and the investigation was still underway.

“We are still in the process of investigating leads,” Chief McKinney said. “We do have some leads, at this time and our officers are investigating those leads.”

Among those leads, he said, is that one of the motorcyclists who escaped was riding a bike with an orange rim.

Chief McKinney said he hopes information from the public will lead to the arrest of the two other suspects.

“We’re going to put that out there, any tips from the public we will take those,” he said.

Chief McKinney also praised responding officers.

“Although these matters are inherently dangerous, we are pleased the officers involved in the pursuit maintained their first duty, to protect the public,” Chief McKinney said in the press release. “Throughout the pursuit officers continually assessed the general public and other drivers, to ensure the public’s safety.”

Anyone with any information to help identify the other two drivers is asked to call the Cape Carteret Police Department at 252-393-2183.

Contact Brad Rich at 252-864-1532; email; or follow on Twitter @brichccnt.

Contact Dean-Paul Stephens at 252-726-7081, ext. 232; email; or follow on Twitter @DeanPEStephens.

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  • Donna posted at 9:57 am on Fri, Jan 11, 2019.

    Donna Posts: 112

    Love the way all of you are judging these cops. I will bet anything that if you were on the highway that day and saw these bikes speeding down the road you would be the first to call the cops. So easy to sit at your little computer box and judge others. Be nice. These men and women in blue and just doing their jobs. Easy to be a blabber mouth and not walk in their shoes. And no I am not a cop or have any affiliation to them, the town, their families, their relatives or their unborn children.

  • Core Sounder posted at 1:59 pm on Tue, Jan 8, 2019.

    Core Sounder Posts: 418

    God, I only hope those cops were not driving that speed on our highways just to issue a traffic violation. Common sense should suggest that a high speed chase on our public highways at those speed should be illegal even for cops. Kinda like firing a 12 ga with double 00 into a crowd in order to take down a single suspect. Agree that cops should try and catch suspected criminals but must use common sense approach and realize that keeping the public safe should be the number 1 concern.

  • CARTERETISCORRUPT posted at 6:37 pm on Mon, Jan 7, 2019.


    At over 150 miles per hour, I don't see time to make public assessments. Do the math for yourself and see. At 150 miles per hour, how many feet per second? See what I mean.

  • CARTERETISCORRUPT posted at 6:35 pm on Mon, Jan 7, 2019.


    Cape Carteret officers should be punished for traveling at such high speeds. Reckless endangerment of the public.

  • CARTERETISCORRUPT posted at 6:34 pm on Mon, Jan 7, 2019.


    This is insane. Speeds that high place everyone in deadly danger. Get the tag number and description and let them go. The danger is just too high. Many cities and towns will not pursue such a speeder secondary to risk, these small town cops are not trained in high speed pursuits. Their budgets won't support the enormous lawsuits, nor the deaths. If you absolutely have to, find a suitable area and deploy stopsticks. At least only one will be killed, but not the public. This insanity must end now.

  • Osprey posted at 8:45 pm on Fri, Jan 4, 2019.

    Osprey Posts: 658

    High speed chase seems a bit excessive relative to the crime. Reckless operation of a motorcycle leads to 169 MPH chase all the way from Cape Carteret to Jacksonville. How many civilians were put at risk to apprehend a man without insurance ?


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