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Bailey man charged after high-speed chase in Wake County

Posted November 3, 2013
Updated November 4, 2013

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— A Nash County man who allegedly led authorities on a 15-mile high-speed chase in Nash and Wake counties was arrested Saturday and charged with more than a half-dozen criminal counts, including assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Zebulon police arrested Dennis Carroll Bunn, 60, of 9327 Whitley Road in Bailey, one day after, they say, he led officers on a pursuit – at speeds 15 mph over the posted speed limit – from Wake County to Bailey, where he crashed his Dodge Ram pickup truck through a barricade at Bailey Elementary School.

Carroll faces two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and one count each of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, assault on a female, assault on a government employee, resisting a public officer and littering.

Bunn was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh after the crash Friday for a physical and mental exam, authorities said.

Witnesses said he had been behaving unusually Thursday night when he caused a disturbance inside a Bailey grocery store that made customers uneasy.

Authorities said Bunn was trying to assault people with a club at a fast-food restaurant Friday morning in Zebulon when police tried to take him into custody.

That's when he allegedly jumped into the truck, tried to ram a police car and then sped off, police said.

Authorities said Bunn fought with police and other emergency workers and even tried to sic a dog on them. Arrest warrants indicate that he refused to get out of the truck when it crashed and that he had to be forcefully removed from the vehicle.

The assault on a female charge, according to the arrest warrants, stems from accusations that Bunn threw wadded paper at a woman's face and hit her with it. He's also accused of punching a Zebulon police sergeant in the face.

Carroll was in the Wake County Detention Center Sunday under a $65,000 bond and was expected to make his first court appearance Monday.

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  • outhousecat Nov 4, 2013

    Thank you Shelly for the update on the dog. I'm glad somebody's coming for him. I always worry about the animals, as well as the people, when bad things happen.

  • exador7 Nov 4, 2013

    It's all about chemicals in the brain folks.. some are not balanced.

  • shelleymilburn Nov 4, 2013

    For the poster that asked about his dog, he is currently at Nash County Animal Shelter. He is a nice dog and seems well cared for. A relative of Mr. Bunn's will be coming to pick him up soon.

  • Poupmouse Nov 4, 2013

    That dude lives in my neighborhood. He's an exceptionally purposeful/ careful driver. Sometimes he'll pull along side my car and club my realview mirror off, though. I've called the cops on him like 15 times. I don't even bother putting the rearview mirror back on anymore. Sweet guy, though. Someone ran over a squirrel and he wept like a baby for hours.

  • exador7 Nov 4, 2013

    Im surprised he survived.

  • DaddysAngel27 Nov 4, 2013

    @Obamacare for one and all....He knew what he was doing? Do you know that for a fact? No, you don't. Why don't you stop bashing this man until you get the facts.

  • nascar33 Nov 4, 2013

    "he led officers on a pursuit – at speeds 15 mph over the posted speed limit – " Really? That's the best that truck could do?
    and...
    "The assault on a female charge, according to the arrest warrants, stems from accusations that Bunn threw wadded paper at a woman's face and hit her with it"
    You can get an assault charge for throwing a piece of paper??

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 4, 2013

    Give me a break. I've had some stressful days, but that doesn't make me want to go around intimidating random strangers with a club and endagering countless others on a high speed chase.

    He knew what he was doing.

  • Red Green Nov 4, 2013

    "Glad he's behind bars where he belongs."


    How do we know he didn't have some kind of medical event? Maybe we should wait for all the info before convicting him.

  • DaddysAngel27 Nov 4, 2013

    I would like to know what happened to this man. Why would he do this when he is just not that type of person? There has to be some kind of physical or mental illness that caused him to act the way he did. And if there is he should not be charged. He needs help.

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