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Man's car crashes, catches fire during police chase

Posted May 1

Officials say the crash started a car chase led by 31-year-old Garcia Mondono of Wake Forest. According to police, Mondono's car crashed into another vehicle. A witness followed Mondono, who fled the scene and crashed into a ditch soon after the wreck.

— A 31-year-old man led police on a chase on Sunday because he was panicked that he would get caught driving without a license, officials said.

Around 12:15 p.m., officials responded to a crash at Pulley Town Road and Fowler Road.

Officials say the crash started a car chase led by 31-year-old Garcia Mondono of Wake Forest. According to police, Mondono's car crashed into another vehicle. A witness followed Mondono, who fled the scene and crashed into a ditch soon after the wreck.

When Mondono's car caught fire, he abandoned his car and ran into the woods. He was arrested later, around 2:30 p.m., near the crash site.

Police said the wreck does not appear to be alcohol or texting related.

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  • Kevin Weidner May 1, 2:32 p.m.
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    Ronald / James - I bet he was just trying to get home as quick as possible to retrieve his operators license so he could return to the scene of the accident. I'm confident WRAL will put a reporter on the story who can find a neighbor who will say "He is a good boy".

  • James Johnson May 1, 1:40 p.m.
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    Gee, I wonder if he'll need a translator for court as well? I sure hope Wake Sheriff Donnie Harrison runs a citizenship check on this guy. I'd be willing to bet a dollar on it...

  • Ronald Woodard May 1, 10:59 a.m.
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    Why did Mr. Mondono "panic"? I don't recall the media helping explain the reason for others caught driving without a license. Likely we will find out there was more to this matter than just driving without a license........