High-speed chase ends in Raleigh wreck; 21-year-old man arrested
Posted August 23, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — A 21-year-old man fleeing from state Highway Patrol troopers crashed his motorcycle on Wade Avenue near Interstate 440 early Friday.
The incident started at about 11 p.m. when Raleigh police tried to stop David Brandon Banks for driving his Suzuki motorcycle recklessly on Western Boulevard near I-440. Banks took off, leading Highway Patrol troopers on a chase down I-440 and Interstate 40.
Troopers told WRAL News that speeds reached 150 mph during the chase.
Banks was taken into custody after his motorcycle collided with a Wake County Sheriff's Office cruiser while he tried to make a U-turn in the median of Wade Avenue. Banks was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. No other injuries were reported.
He is charged with felony speeding to elude, reckless driving, speeding, several traffic violations and littering. Troopers said he tore off his visor and threw it into the road during the chase.
Banks was in the Wake County jail Friday morning under a $15,000 bond.
Authorities did not indicate why Banks may have fled, but state Highway Patrol trooper Beckley Vaughan said it's not uncommon for suspects driving motorcycles to try and elude authorities.
"Somebody could have been hurt. We are in a sticky situation because we want to make sure we can protect the person that we are chasing," Vaughan said. "The young man made a bad decision and is now going to have to deal with the consequences of that."