Police: Previous grudge fueled Poole Road hit-and-run

Posted December 15, 2015
Updated December 16, 2015

— Raleigh police said early Tuesday the hit-and-run that left a man hospitalized in serious condition stemmed from a beef between the two drivers.

Bruce Thompson, 44, of Garner, was rear-ended on Poole Road near the interchange with Interstate 440 in south Raleigh just after 8 a.m. Tuesday. When he got out to check the damage to his pickup truck, witnesses said, the driver behind him honked the horn, revved his engine, rolled over Thompson and then left the scene.

Jared James Lemm, 32, of 4014 Evans Drive in Raleigh, surrendered to police Tuesday afternoon in connection to the incident. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and felony hit-and-run.

Thompson was being treated at WakeMed.

"A guy got out of his car. A car was behind him, and the guy just took off and ran over him," a witness told emergency dispatchers in a call to 911.

"The truck behind him blew the horn and raced up on the gas and bumped into him and then hit the gas and went completely over him," the witness said.

That caller told dispatchers that Thompson was bleeding from his mouth, nose and the side of the head after being hit.

RaeAnn Waggoner, Thompson's neighbor, said she learned of the accident while listening to the radio. Waggoner said she had seen Thompson over the weekend, at a neighborhood gathering.

"We had a Christmas open house for our neighborhood, and Bruce joined us and brought me a beautiful tray of cookies," she said.

Police said that the incident stemmed from pre-existing personal circumstances between Thompson and Lemm.

"I can't imagine somebody targeting him and doing this heinous thing," said Waggoner.

Lemm was being held at the Wake County Detention Center under $250,000 bond.


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  • Kristin Byrne Dec 16, 2015
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    He's currently in the Wake County jail.

  • Sonja Yagel Dec 16, 2015
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    I hope they keep him in prison for a long time because he doesn't know how to control his temper. Hope the victim fully recovers.

  • Kathleen Newberg Dec 16, 2015
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    Too much testosterone.

  • Robert George Dec 16, 2015
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    Horrible reporting. Absolutely nothing new in this article despite headline about a grudge.

  • Chance Loria Dec 16, 2015
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    Last night the article stated he was RELEASED on bail. This morning the article states he had been DETAINED. Which is it WRAL?

  • LetsBeFair Dec 15, 2015

    this morning when you woke up, was this part of the daily agenda? Did you fail anger management class? Are we in a Mad Max movie?

  • Tommy Frieda Holloman Dec 15, 2015
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    How about attempted murder...He sure intended to run over him...

  • Tommy Frieda Holloman Dec 15, 2015
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    Wral....What was the bond amount? Seems like you usually show it....

  • Arthur Raleigh Dec 15, 2015
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    Only in NC can you try to kill someone and get out on bail but if you embezzle money or smoke pot you go to jail!

  • Betsey Duggins Dec 15, 2015
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    Released on bond? Are you kidding me?