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Domestic call leads to police chase in Johnson, Wake counties

Posted April 23
Updated April 24

A Clayton man was arrested Sunday following a police chase through Wake and Johnston counties.

— A Clayton man was arrested Sunday following a police chase through Wake and Johnston counties.

Troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said James Michael Caldwell tried to ram a police cruiser when officers with the Clayton Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance at about 3 p.m.

Clayton police briefly chased Caldwell's vehicle. When he was spotted later on Barwell Road in southeast Raleigh, he sped off when approached by police, authorities said.

A second chase ensued and Caldwell, driving at least 15 mph over the posted limit, ran multiple red lights, passed other cars and nearly caused multiple accidents, according to troopers.

Troopers caused Caldwell to lose control of his car on Rock Quarry Road just past Jones Sausage Road, and he ran off the road and into a tree.

Authorities said Caldwell jumped from the vehicle and ran down several streets before he was taken into custody by Raleigh police officers near Riverbrooke Drive.

Caldwell, 35, of 124 Sunray Drive in Clayton, was charged with fleeing to elude arrest, resisting a public officer, failure to stop for lights and sirens and misdemeanor reckless driving. Additional charges are expected to be filed against Caldwell in Johnston County.

He was being held in the Wake County jail on $30,000 bond.

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  • John Malcholm Apr 24, 3:09 p.m.
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    "misdemeanor reckless driving"
    WHAT THE HELL?!