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Man flees Raleigh police, throwing gun, drugs from car

Posted January 7, 2011
Updated January 8, 2011

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— Raleigh police chased a vehicle Friday along portions of Interstates 40 and 540 in north Raleigh before making an arrest on I-540 east near the Six Forks interchange, spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Steven Denell Elleby, 24, of 617 Reservoir St. in Durham, led local, county and state law enforcement officers from Wade Avenue onto I-40 and I-540, dropping a gun and drugs out the window as he drove, Sughrue said. 

In the course of the chase, Elleby hit another car, injuring the driver, police said.

He was taken into custody at about 1 p.m. and charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, speeding to elude arrest, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, maintaining a dwelling/motor vehicle to house marijuana and felony hit and run. His bond on all charges totaled $105,000. He was released on bond early Saturday. 

Elleby is due in court on Monday.

A search of his criminal record shows Elleby has no convictions, but he was charged with communicating threats and assault with a deadly weapon in July. Those charges against him were dismissed. 

Detectives tried to arrest Elleby in the 4000 block of Tournament Drive at about 12:30 p.m., Sughrue said, but he pointed a handgun at officers and escaped.

Police next tried to stop him on Duraleigh Road near the intersection with Sedgewood Drive, but he fled, leading officers from the Raleigh Police Department, Wake County Sheriff's Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol on the chase.


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  • ambernicole919 Jan 13, 2011

    I like how WRAL refuses to post the fact I implied they are racist with the way they choose to post storys and the pictures they allow. The only time white people are posted up here if they are touching little kids and why are so many comments left on the black kids story that all comment about his education etc.?? sounds racist to me!

  • Bartmeister Jan 7, 2011

    He's lucky to be alive it sounds like. I thought that this stuff only happens in Durham. Then I saw where he was from.

  • Joe Schmoe Jan 7, 2011

    [Detectives tried to arrest Elleby in the 4000 block of Tournament Drive at about 12:30 p.m., Sughrue said...]How come the story doesn't tell us WHY police were trying to arrest Elleby in the first place? Did the reporter just forget to ask that?

  • nogade Jan 7, 2011

    Here's another one, day after day we read about it, no job, up to no good and just can't do the right thing. I guess if I didn't get past middle school I'd be doing the same thing.

  • Vietnam Vet Jan 7, 2011

    Pointing a handgun at police? This guy isn't the brightest bulb in the lamp is he... He's lucky he was able to drive away.

  • RPD07 Jan 7, 2011

    Sping Forest/Sandy Forks/Six Forks/Lynn Rd area was closed due to a major crash that needed investigating/reconstructing. It was in no way related to the chase.

  • rescuefan Jan 7, 2011

    "aren't drivers supposed to move away from stopped police vehicle? But then again that is basic traffic law which seems to have gone the way of the do-do bird.

    They are required to move over if they can safely do so, otherwise they are required to slow down. It appears that the lanes next to the person making the video were full and it also appears that they were only going 20-30 mph, well below the 65 mph speed limit on that section of 540.

  • lilrednekgrl Jan 7, 2011

    the gus is lucky he didnt get shot.... thats al i got to say.

  • ThatGuyAgain Jan 7, 2011

    Uh...how can anybody know that D.B. Cooper was smart? Or, more accurately, that he came out OK?

    Some say he collected big $$.

    Some say he died very unpleasantly, not too long after jumping.

    I understand the appeal of urban legends to some folks - Elvis is Alive, or JFK is alive, or Elvis shot JFK, or JFK shot Elvis, or D.B. Cooper is my love child. Whatever. Invoking Cooper is a pretty laughable way to make the case that many (or even a few) bad guys are really smart people in disguise.

    It's also a pretty laughable way to make the case that this pathetic Ellenby goober...you know, the guy who's the topic here...is anything other than a painfully dumb goober.

  • margaretneate Jan 7, 2011

    I noted that even while fleeing, he used his directional signal when pulling over. Sometimes I see that the police don't even use signals !