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Man arrested in fatal Raleigh hit-and-run faces fifth DWI charge

Posted November 10, 2015

— A Knightdale man involved in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Raleigh last month was charged with driving while impaired for the fifth time, according to officials.

Caesar Leake, 47, of 1033 Spawn Place, was arrested Monday and charged with felony hit-and-run, aggravated death by motor vehicle and DWI in the death of Terrance Rayshone Faison, 23.

Leake was previously convicted of DWI in Raleigh in 2009, 1995, 1993 and 1991.

Authorities said that Faison was hit just before midnight on Oct. 29 while he was walking home. His mother said that he had taken the bus home from his job at Crabtree Valley Mall and had called her to pick him up, but she was asleep and did not answer. Faison’s body was found by a neighbor the following morning, along with pieces of a vehicle.

Leake was also charged with insurance fraud in connection with the incident. The warrant stated that Leake instructed his wife to give a false statement to their insurance company, saying that she hit a deer.

Leake appeared before a magistrate Monday, and bond was set at $351,000. On Tuesday, his bond was lowered to $275,000 because he has a job that pays the family's bills.


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  • Marcy Lyn Nov 11, 2015
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    Someone NOT contributing to a better society takes the life of someone with Great Potential ... SMH So sad.

  • Sean Creasy Nov 11, 2015
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    This guy should have never been allowed to drive again ever after the 3rd DWI... Once again our money driven court system sold too many chances and now someone is dead because of it. The judge and lawyer that corroborated this guy's last deal should be facing those murder charges right along with him...

  • Chase Truman Nov 11, 2015
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    Wow. Unbelievable that this guy has been given so many chances when clearly he doesn't deserve it. And you know there's got to be hundreds of other times he has driven drunk if he has already been caught for five of them. What kind of world is this that we let murderers go because their job pays the family's bills????? SMH

  • Don Buckman Nov 11, 2015
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    When will we hold the Judges and Defense Attroneys accountable for allowing this to continue not twice, not three times, not four times, but five times resulting in a death?

  • Barbara Sossomon Nov 11, 2015
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    On Tuesday, his bond was lowered to $275,000 because he has a job that pays the family's bills. ----- Seriously??? Was he able to get out? Who will pay the bills of the young man he KILLED?? Will this murderer be paying for the funeral?