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Bragg soldier charged in high-speed chase on Wake toll road

Posted October 7, 2015

Jonathan Juarez

— A Fort Bragg soldier has been charged following a high-speed chase Tuesday afternoon on N.C. Highway 540 in Wake County that ended when a motorcycle slammed into a Wake County Sheriff's Office patrol car.

Jonathan Juarez, 22, was charged with speeding and felony speeding to elude arrest.

A State Highway Patrol trooper clocked a 2007 Honda motorcycle at 110 mph on N.C. 540, also known as the Western Wake Expressway toll road, at about 4 p.m. The posted speed limit is 70 mph.

When the trooper began chase, the motorcycle sped away, eventually reaching 153 mph, authorities said. The motorcyclist left the toll road at N.C. Highway 55 and then tried to exit on U.S. Highway 1 toward Apex when he collided with the Wake County patrol car, authorities said.

There was no word on whether the motorcyclist or any law enforcement officer was hurt in the chase or collision, which closed the ramp from N.C. 55 to U.S. 1 during the evening rush hour.


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  • John Broome Oct 7, 2015
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    Thank you for your service.

  • Chad Johnson Oct 7, 2015
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    Not true Norman. Motorcycles aren't limited to 110 mph. In fact a bone stock straight off the show room big liter bike (1000 ,busa, etc) can do about 90 in first gear alone. I'm guessing he was on a 600 if his top speed was only 153 and his speedo probably read 163-165.

  • Eric Murray Oct 7, 2015
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    I doubt he paid to ride on that toll road. He was exercising his escape and evasion training techniques when ended up on it. And he lives in or around Fort Bragg, so is unlikely to have a Quick Pass. But, I'd agree he "paid for it."

    This all goes back to the breakdown of the family and our failing educational system. Maybe our immigration program, too. We cannot expect the US military to make up for the missing father-son character building sessions or the quality driver's education program that didn't happen, or is ever-less effective. He was heading in the right direction by joining our military, IMHO, but made a major error in judgment.

    It is so disappointing to live with current conditions in our country that seem to make events such as this more common each day.

  • Norman Lewis Oct 7, 2015
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    I don't know if it is technically a crime but motorcycles are usually limited to 110 mph by computer settings and he must have modified his bike. I personally don't drive on the toll road because I object to paying to drive on a road my taxes paid to build and the toll road costs the taxpayers every year to pay for the infrastructure (salaries, maintenance etc) of the road since toll revenues do not come close to paying for the costs. When was the last time you heard about how much profit this toll road generates? You haven't because it operates at a loss. This was a swindle of the taxpayers to create multiple high salary jobs at taxpayers expense to administer a toll road. Look up what a "white elephant" means.

  • Jim Frei Oct 7, 2015
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    The dude paid to ride on this toll road; he should be able to drive as fast as he wants.

  • Sarcoi Dosis Oct 7, 2015
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    Again, when did it become acceptable to Run from, or Fight with the Police?

    How about adding charges of attempted Murder, by motor vehicle of a Police officer to the slap on the wrist charge "Speeding and attempting to elude"...