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Garner man faces charges after high-speed chase

Posted March 28, 2010
Updated March 29, 2010

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— A Garner man led police on a high-speed chase Sunday that lasted for 38 minutes and criss-crossed three counties.

The chase began at about 8:20 a.m. at 1810 Spring Drive when 21-year-old James Daniel Steele fled a Wake County sheriff’s deputy who was attempting to serve him with outstanding warrants, authorities said.

Steele drove a Chevrolet Camaro into Johnston County. Troopers with the state Highway Patrol began assisting in the chase, which continued on U.S. Highway 421 and then to N.C. Highway 242.

Steele continue to flee authorities onto N.C. Highway 55 toward Sampson County, authorities said.

Steele's vehicle hit a patrol car while trying to turn onto N.C. Highway 96, authorities said. The trooper was not injured.

Steele then drove on Highway 55 to Interstate 40. After exiting onto N.C. Highway 403, Steele got out of the vehicle and was arrested by troopers, authorities said.

Troopers said they are charging him with two counts of felony assault on a law enforcement official and two counts of felony assault.

The sheriff’s office is also charging him with attempted murder for hitting a deputy with his vehicle, felony speeding to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving and passing on the right hand side of the road, authorities said.

Steele was being held in the Wake County jail under a $1,100,000 bond. He is schedule to be in court Monday.


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  • FromClayton Mar 29, 2010

    i'm ok with people getting higher bail/punishment for assaulting officers vs. "drunk guy who had it coming" in the bar. Just makes sense to me. IF you hit an officer you have no respect for authority and you will hit anyone who gets in your way and "makes you mad" Take some anger managemnet classes buddy...until then, stay off the streets.

  • SouthernLady05 Mar 29, 2010

    "By the way WRAL is only reporting about 25% of what really happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    This happens on most stories here, involving law enforcement.

  • SouthernLady05 Mar 29, 2010


    My husband is a police officer, and was punched in the face on duty while trying to serve a warrant. That blows the theory, huh?

  • ASU Mar 29, 2010

    By the way WRAL is only reporting about 25% of what really happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ASU Mar 29, 2010

    Just to let everyone know. Most of the time when you charge a felony you have to call the District Attorney Office or the one on call on the weekends and tell them the situation and they advise you WHAT TO CHARGE THE PERSON WITH. This if for all the NON-LEO who open there mouth and don't know what they are talking about. Raleigh Police Department is taking applications everyday

  • ASU Mar 29, 2010

    Teacher 1975,

    If someone does something to the Governor or President don't you think that person would get a higher bond.

  • AARRGGH Mar 29, 2010

    WRONG!!!!! I work with a magistrate and he admits they don't always give the same bail for the same crime!!!! Depends on the magistrate on duty and tough he/she wants to be!!!!!

  • AARRGGH Mar 29, 2010

    My husband got punched square in the face, and the person spent about 2 hours in jail and was released on no bond/bail.


  • SouthernLady05 Mar 29, 2010

    Thank you readbtthelines, I wanted to say all that... but didn't know if I should@!

  • SouthernLady05 Mar 29, 2010

    "when someone does something to an "officer" the bail is always higher then it would be if it was an "ordinary" citizen."

    A. They are law enforcement officals, if you assault them... reason stands your willing to assault anyone.

    B. My husband got punched square in the face, and the person spent about 2 hours in jail and was released on no bond/bail.