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High-speed chase ends in Raleigh wreck; 21-year-old man arrested

Posted August 23, 2013

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— 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."

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  • beachboater Aug 26, 3:13 p.m.

    Yep. People think those "Crotch Rockets" can outrun anything.

    When I was a young and wild driver, the law always told us, "you may outrun my car, but you can't outrun the radio."

  • blastamasta Aug 26, 11:34 a.m.

    "Did I do that?" ;)

  • thepeopleschamp Aug 23, 3:48 p.m.

    Want to see what an absolute "No Chase" policy gets you? The city of Baltimore did that and now the streets are filled with dirt bikes, ATV's, even go-karts and young kids on the freeway. There are numerous videos on youtube you can watch from Baltimore showing you the results of that policy.

  • nordrummer21 Aug 23, 3:48 p.m.

    Paulej: I think you are correct in that we do not need speeding around city streets. Where I take issue is blaming LEO for the chase, it is the criminal who places the public and themselves in danger who caused the incident. Speeding should not be condoned by anyone but let us address the young man who caused this all to happen in the first place. The officer did not simply take off after someone needlessly, the kid was driving recklessly to begin with. Praise the officers for doing their job without any damage or injury to the public and speak out against your friends, family, and neighbors who speed around the triangle like they own it; speeding from all sources kill more people than any high speed chase initiated by criminals.

  • thepeopleschamp Aug 23, 3:44 p.m.

    "So, please tell me how officers travelling at the rates of speed reported by eyewitness and the reported speed of the suspect meet the criteria of said policy?" Journey985

    Had it been 5PM traffic they probably would not have chased. Many chases are in fact discontinued but they are not what makes WRAL headlines.

  • babscash Aug 23, 3:19 p.m.

    Police need to stop chasing people that aren't dangering others. The police put more people in danger by chasing others in neighborhoods and on highways that we all could be on at the time. Pick your battles on when a high speed chase is necessary and make sure you have cleared the area of all innocent people prior to trying to be a hero. It's not that important.

  • chivegas Aug 23, 3:15 p.m.

    Chases should be illegal unless the (alleged) perp has committed a violent crime. It's just not worth the risk to people's lives to chase a guy for minor traffic violations. At the very least, the cop is unnecessarily putting his own life at risk...but s/he is also putting the lives of countless other motorist/pedestrians at risk also. And for what? A speeding ticket? Especially on a motorcycle, 9 times out of 10 a cop loses that battle anyway.

  • Journey985 Aug 23, 3:03 p.m.

    "There is no such policy about a 25mph rule" - the peopleschamp - You are correct, there is nothing in the policy about 25 MPH over, there is however: http://www.wral.com/news/local/flash/1436094/ - In it it states "after weighing the nature and gravity of the offense and situation and the external physical conditions, determines that the need for apprehension of the suspect or violator is greater than the danger of the chase to the public, the member, AND the suspect or violator and that such chase can be accomplished with due regard for the safety of others" So, please tell me how officers travelling at the rates of speed reported by eyewitness and the reported speed of the suspect meet the criteria of said policy? Sounds like to me they not only endagered the suspect, themselves but the public!!

  • adeal064 Aug 23, 2:49 p.m.

    He should get 21 years in jail, figuring if he was willing to risk others, & his life. He should feel what it's like to have NO life!

  • Journey985 Aug 23, 2:38 p.m.

    "If he just commited a crime against you you'd want the cops to chase him until they caught him or would you just say leave him alone and don't chase anyone? Nobody was hurt so don't play backseat quarterback." - backwards - First, I would not want the officers pursuing this guy at the rates of speed they were no matter who the crime was commited against. Second - No one was hurt...THIS time, how many have lost their lives in the last 3 years to either suspects or LEO's chasing suspects? IMO 1 person dying so that the LEO can "get their man" is not worth it, even if it's your life they save by not chasing the suspect!

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