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Deputies chase man on ATV on U.S. 64 Bypass

Posted August 20, 2010
Updated August 21, 2010

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— Authorities say that a probationer driving an ATV erratically led deputies and state troopers on a chase the wrong way on U.S. Highway 64 Bypass in Knightdale Friday evening.

A deputy spotted a man – identified as Randall Vater, 37, of Knightdale – driving erratically on an ATV near the Sandy Run neighborhood off Smithfield Road, said Phyllis Stephens, a spokeswoman for the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

He refused to stop and nearly ran down several pedestrians in the neighborhood, Stephens said. No one was hurt.

As deputies and state troopers followed, Vater weaved onto the U.S. 64 Bypass and headed the wrong way in the eastbound lane, authorities said. Troopers said he tried to cross the median, but his vehicle struck the guard wire and rolled down an embankment.

Vater broke his leg in the wreck and was listed in good condition at WakeMed Saturday.

Authorities said drugs were found on Vater. The Wake County Sheriff's Office and state Highway Patrol plan to file charges against him once he is released from the hospital.

State Department of Correction records show that Vater was placed on probation July 2 after being convicted of violating a protective order and simple assault.

In March 2009, Vater finished a five-month jail sentence for two counts of violating a protective order and one count of communicating threats. DOC records show those offenses occurred within four days after he was given probation on Aug. 13, 2008, for one count each of assault on a female, domestic criminal trespassing and willful or wanton injury to property and two counts of communicating threats.

He also has prior convictions for breaking-and-entering and drug possession.

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