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Career Offender Who Led Authorities on a High-Speed Chase on I-95 Found Guilty of Firearm and Narcotic Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal jury convicted a Wilson-based United Blood Nation gang member on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

“Vick recklessly led police on a high-speed chase on a busy interstate across multiple counties in Eastern North Carolina,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “He endangered the lives of law enforcement and other drivers in his efforts to elude capture and continue his criminal activity. Now, he is facing time in a federal prison.”

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Nazeer Vick, 32, was found in possession of a firearm and marijuana during a traffic stop in Wilson after a K9 unit detected the odor of marijuana.  Vick was arrested but quickly bonded out of custody.  Nearly six months later, on October 7, 2020, Nash County deputies encountered  a car being driven by Vick that was driving erratically on Interstate 95, weaving in and out of traffic and reaching speeds in excess of 130 miles per hour.  Vick fled from Nash County, into Wilson County and then into Johnston County where he crashed on I-95 after colliding with a transfer truck.  Vick then crawled out of a window of the mangled car with a black bookbag and fled on foot to a nearby motel. Vick was captured by hotel security cameras running around the hotel attempting to open hotel room doors.  He threw the bookbag into a trashcan and then hid in an electrical closet where he was later found by law enforcement.  Officers recovered the discarded bookbag which contained cocaine, cocaine base, marijuana, various pills, a digital scale, a loaded firearm, and documents associated with Vick.  Vick is a validated member of the United Blood Nation street gang and has a lengthy criminal history including voluntary manslaughter, selling heroin, possession with intent to sell or deliver heroin, and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

He will face a mandatory minimum of five years and up to life imprisonment when sentenced during the July 24, 2023, term of court.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III accepted the verdict. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Wilson Police Department, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky Mount Police Department, and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ashley Foxx and Robert Dodson prosecuted the case.

Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 5:20-cr-00485-D.


Updated April 14, 2023

Violent Crime
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses