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Man Arrested After Downtown Raleigh Chase

Posted June 16, 2007
Updated April 15

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EDITOR'S NOTE: All charges against Noah James Vendrick were dismissed by Wake County prosecutors on Aug. 19, 2008, according to court records.


Police arrested a man suspected of driving under the influence late Friday after he allegedly led officers on a 25-minute, low-speed chase through the downtown Raleigh area.

Noah Vendrick, 23, of Raleigh, was pulled over during a traffic stop near North Carolina State University at about 10:30 p.m., police said.

But he left the scene, leading more than 10 police cars while going about 10 mph back and forth along Wade Avenue, according to authorities.

Police took Vendrick into custody after he crashed into a police car in the Ridgewood Shopping Center parking lot. Police had used stop sticks that flattened the car's tires, but he continued driving.

Officer C.W. Woodard was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Police charged Vendrick with speeding to elude arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, assault on a government official with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence.

He was being held Sunday in lieu of a $21,000 bond.