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Man faces several charges after Cary police chase

Posted December 1, 2013

Benjamin Tanner Watts
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— A brief chase involving Cary police and a local man ended when he crashed into a skating rink late Sunday afternoon.

Police said an officer at the intersection of Nottingham Circle and Whitehall Way noticed a car speeding shortly after 5 p.m. and followed it for about a half mile to Jellybeans Super Skate Center, at 1120 Buck Jones Road, where the car hit the building, causing minor damage.

Benjamin Tanner Watts, 28, of 200 Woodcreek Drive, Cary, was arrested on charges of fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, driving while impaired, resisting a public officer, injury to real property and reckless driving.

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  • jscott13 Dec 2, 2013

    People, police chases often end with innocent people dying. I hope that kikinc is correct in saying that it wasn't an actual chase. The Cary police should have better sense. Tax Man...an innocent dad died as a result of a chase on 64 and Laura Duncan...his baby was thrown out of the car and flew more than 20 feet onto the road. You can always blame the criminal, as stilllearin does here, but that doesn't bring back a dead person. The key to saving lives is how the police respond.

  • Tax Man Dec 2, 2013

    Good work Cary PD - we love you and appreciate all you do for us.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 2, 2013

    givemeabr8k - "So, the magistrate questioned him about the charges without advising him of his rights to an attorney? Is that fair? Will what he said to the magistrate be held against him when he goes to court?"

    You have the world wide web at your fingertips.

    Here, educate yourself:

    http://www.mirandarights.org/

  • kikinc Dec 2, 2013

    givemeabr8k-I'm sure he had been Mirandized. Once he's been read his rights, anyone can ask him a question. It's up to him not to answer.

  • givemeabr8 Dec 2, 2013

    So, the magistrate questioned him about the charges without advising him of his rights to an attorney? Is that fair? Will what he said to the magistrate be held against him when he goes to court?

  • Stilllearnin Dec 2, 2013

    "which was quite probably full of kids, they should have stopped."

    Didn't see anything in the article that stated the cause of the accident was the police vehicle pushing the car into Jellybeans or did I miss that. The driver was drunk he was responsible for this accident and thankfully he didn't hit a car full of kids or a family who was out shopping!

  • kikinc Dec 2, 2013

    jscott-He was speeding through the neighborhood behind Jellybeans, and the cop just pulled out behind him. To call it a chase is a bit of a stretch. This story is missing quite a few details.

    The best is what he said to the magistrate...

    Watts went before a magistrate Sunday night and admitted he had too much to drink.

    "About ugh four beers...it was totally out of my character and I shouldn't have done [it]," he said.

    Still, Watts said it was not him behind the wheel, and that a friend was driving his car.

    "It was some guy I met over there at the train station," he said.

    Did he mean the Train Station bar?

  • jscott13 Dec 2, 2013

    Police chases don't always turn out this well. When the officers saw that the car was headed right at Jellybeans, which was quite probably full of kids, they should have stopped.

  • LuvLivingInCary Dec 2, 2013

    Interesting thing is because he used a motor vehicle to run from an officer, they impound the car and he loses it..Very costly mistake unless he drives a junker or financed it to the hilt.

  • LocalYokel Dec 2, 2013

    Based on the charges, he appears to be a flight risk and a danger to the public.

    What was the (alleged) bad driver's bond set to?