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Man arrested after chase on Beltline

Posted January 20, 2010

— Authorities in Wake County arrested a man Wednesday just before noon after a brief chase along Interstate 440 West.

Jimmy Ray Morris Jr., of Havelock, 37, was charged with careless and reckless driving, speeding, driving with a revoked license, felony speeding to elude arrest and failure to stop for blue lights.

Sky 5 chase on Glenwood, Beltline Man arrested after chase on Beltline

Other charges are pending, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

A trooper on a motorcycle tried to pull over a Pontiac Bonneville shortly after 11 a.m. and called for back-up when the driver did not stop, Trooper Kenneth Cooke said.

Troopers followed the car onto Wade Avenue and Edwards Mill Road into the Crabtree Valley Mall parking lot, where he jumped a curb and got onto Glenwood Avenue.

When the driver attempted to return to the Beltline, troopers boxed him in with their patrol cars, forcing him to stop, authorities said.

Cooke said Morris resisted arrest but that a trooper used a stun gun to help detain him. Morris was taken to a local hospital and later to the Wake County jail.

Morris is wanted in Miami on armed robbery and carjacking charges, authorities said.


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  • raysson Jan 20, 2010

    This is ONE of the reasons I don't get on the Beltline to go toward Crabtree Valley unless it is absoulutely necessary. I-440 is crazy during the weekday and some weekends with individuals who are reckless in heavy traffic and act so crazy sometimes they need to be gotten hold of by the police and the State Trooper cause it doesn't make any sense for someone to drive like that on the road causing numerous accidents in the process. Also I-40 ain't no better,cause I've seen worse.

    If I want to go toward the area malls,and other places in Raleigh,I avoid the beltline and I-40 like the plague and take necessary shortcuts. Highway 70 coming out of Durham is ridicious too with these folks who basically need to go back to Driver's Ed in some kind of hurry to get to a mall that basically has nothing to offer. The guy they got off the road needed to be locked up. I wish the Durham Police Department could take good notes on how to get lowlifes off the streets like they do in Raleigh.

  • p02h03 Jan 20, 2010

    nanasix - agree with your post.

    Great job of the law doing trash collection once again.

  • nanasix Jan 20, 2010

    The idiot comments left by some, should not be posted...Chases are often necessary, regardless of whether it's by a Police Dept. or State Highway Patrol. Mace and other things are out there to assist in bringing people down, vs. older methods. Be thankful we have our law enforcement, and that they protect us.

  • nanasix Jan 20, 2010

    Good catch fellows...proud of you...one more off the street..at least his driving while license revoked won't get continue time and time again allowing him to keep on keeping on, as happens here in Carteret County. Again, good job, put him away..hope the judge doesn't allow bond, as he'll sure run. Thank God no one was hurt or killed.

  • axepack Jan 20, 2010

    Stun gun video! Where is it? I think the show "Cops" should just do video montages of people resisting arrest and getting the stun gun.

  • dtyndall71 Jan 20, 2010

    The timing on this article is off a little. I was on Glenwood Ave. today a little before 11am and heard the sirens....looked up and saw all the troopers then in my rear view mirror saw the Bonneville spinning out and smoke from the tires. When they went past me sitting at the stoplight didn't seem like it was "hi speed" at all. Glad they got them and no one was hurt.

  • Tiffany2007 Jan 20, 2010

    Oustanding job Raleigh Police Department!! Lock him up!!

  • onyourheels2 Jan 20, 2010

    hard to control that pontiac excitement.

  • think1st Jan 20, 2010

    This only made the news because of the chase that was reported last week. The Highway Patrol initiates chases every week which 99% end in a capture of the suspect and no injuries to civitians. Did anyone notice from the chase video last week that the chase troopers backed off just as another trooper laid spike strips? This was a calculated move. RPD almost foiled the plan by passing the chase troopers.

  • magsgundah Jan 20, 2010

    Prancy, I'll never forget the day approaching a tunnel in PA (and Pennsylvanians are notoriously stupid about driving through tunnels - they decrease their speed by 1/2 automatically) that I saw people cutting off an ambulance because other drivers were getting out of said ambulance's way.

    Some of those same drivers that got out of the way decided to turn around and use the ambulance as a blocker so they could get through the tunnel a little faster.

    Yes, tunnel traffic is unpleasant. But, really? Really?

    My family never wants me to go near this rant again. I probably ranted, raved, yelled about it for the entire rest of the way home - and then started over once we got there when someone asked how the drive was.

    People are unbelieveable.