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Man at center of WPD K9 controversy in court facing attempted murder charges

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Johnnie Williams, the man who led police on a high-speed chase resulting in a K9 being thrown in his car will be in court Tuesday. (Source NHC Jail) Johnnie Williams, the man who led police on a high-speed chase resulting in a K9 being thrown in his car will be in court Tuesday. (Source NHC Jail)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A man who led police on a high-speed chase ending in a K9 being thrown into his car will be in court Tuesday for assaulting a female, as well as attempted murder charges from an incident in South Carolina.

According to a 2012 press release from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina, officials attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle bearing a stolen Georgia license plate.

During the traffic stop the suspect, later identified as Johnnie Williams, placed the car in reverse and maneuvered his vehicle in an attempt to evade police.

Williams then sped forward, attempting to strike three investigators with his car as he tried to flee.

Two of the investigators fired several rounds into the vehicle as it sped towards them causing the vehicle to veer and crash into a nearby tree.

Williams and the rear passenger were taken to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds sustained during the incident.

Investigators charged Williams for failure to stop for blue lights, child endangerment, and three counts of attempted murder.

The Wilmington Police Department arrested Williams May 21, 2014 for assault on a female. That same day, officials charged Williams with a fugitive warrant as well as failure to appear in court from the felony in South Carolina.

Williams is currently in the New Hanover County Jail under a $110,000 secured bond.

Williams was previously arrested in 2013 following an incident where he drove through a DWI checkpoint and led police on a high-speed chase, ending with a K9 being thrown into his vehicle.

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