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Police chase ends with crash on I-40

Posted February 3, 2010

— A police chase ended Wednesday morning with the driver of a stolen pickup truck crashing on eastbound Interstate 40, which temporarily shut down several lanes near Jones Sausage Road near Garner.

The crash happened after a man stole a white Service Experts truck from an employee's home on the 1300 block of Pender Street in Raleigh just before 7 a.m., authorities said.

Crash shuts down I-40 E Suspect injured in I-40 police chase

Knightdale police officers spotted the truck some time later at a Walmart in the town and started chasing the truck. A Wake County deputy joined the pursuit when the truck got onto Interstate 440.

The driver lost control on I-40, clipped a tractor-trailer, hit a ditch in the median, flipped and was ejected from the truck, authorities said.

"I looked in the mirrors and I saw the blue lights, and I felt a bump in the side of the trailer, and then I looked and saw the ladders (on the pickup) flying and the truck spinning around," said Steve Jewell, who was driving the tractor-trailer

Emergency crews took the driver of the Service Experts truck to WakeMed for treatment of what authorities initially described as critical injuries. His name and condition were not released.

Charges are pending, authorities said.

Rob Eichas with Service Experts said the company has a GPS tracking system in the truck that updates every two minutes. He was able to direct police to where the driver was headed.

"I just know that it was run off the road, and our GPS just displayed an end, meaning the vehicle stopped and that it was no longer running," Eichas said.

The man was able to steal the truck after the employee went outside, started the truck to get it warm and went back inside his house, Eichas said.


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  • AlbertEinstein Feb 3, 2010

    The major issue here is that the "criminal" did not commit a fatality of himself. Sure would have saved a number of non-essential and ridiculous commentaries of hind-site, not to mention all of the tax dollars.

  • leo-nc Feb 3, 2010

    Manofjustice, you may be serious but you are SO hard to TAKE seriously. lol - I mean come on, 45 on the Interstate?

  • leo-nc Feb 3, 2010

    "Its disgusting to a lot of people that the police chased this vehicle, but where is the disgust toward the thug that STOLE A TRUCK????????????????"---

    Too many bleeding hearts out there. They don't care about the criminal. they just want to find a way to blame the cops. It's the way our society rolls these days. ...and we wonder why society is in such bad shape.

  • YouAgain Feb 3, 2010

    Monday on 40 it took 15 minutes to make a 5 min drive because people had to stop and look at a LEO car with its lights on...would you call that rubbernecking or just ridiculous

  • newwake Feb 3, 2010

    Its disgusting to a lot of people that the police chased this vehicle, but where is the disgust toward the thug that STOLE A TRUCK????????????????

  • Redneck Fun Feb 3, 2010

    My statement copied from another story, most will still apply: This is just ridiculous!! First let me say IF he is guilty I hope they throw the book at him!! Second, let me say if he is innocent I hope you all think about how stupid you have acted. I am sure though if he is found guilty many will still say "it was a cover up again!!" I'm so sick of the cop bashing on GOLO!!! For that matter 99% of the stories about crime get some of the most ignorant comments that could be made!! People just love to take absolutely no facts and put in ALL KINDS of opinions. Maybe one day you all will grow up and act like you have some sense, but I'm not holding my breath until then!!

    BTW: I will still be out there putting my b utt on the line for you and your family can be safe. I personally don't care what you think of me, because I love being able to make a positive difference in the lives of others, and I enjoy keeping all of you as safe as I can from the rif-raft on the streets.

  • manofjustice Feb 3, 2010

    manofjustice: You cannot be serious. Going 45mph is not only ridiculous but dangerous! Your the person that makes everyone come to a dead stop and almost run into you because you can't go the speed limit. I hope we don't live in the same part of town ..

    I am very serious. And I don't think that driving through residential neighborhoods should go over 4 mph. I am not a slow driver I am a serious risk-free driver. People's lives are at stake here. I don't want my kids run down by some fast crazy drivers. Cars lose control easily. I was on 85 the other day and ice was everywhere and people still flying past me. Slow down people!!!!

  • Axtel Feb 3, 2010

    Good job LEO's. Keep up the good work.

  • Fuquayone Feb 3, 2010

    The only one at fault for everything that happened is the one that stole the truck. Execute the suspect if proven guilty. Only a few bad people ruin the peace for so many people.

  • delilahk2000 Feb 3, 2010

    I hate that the taxpayers are now having to pay for his medical bills when there are more deserving people, that get turned away and DO NOT COMMIT CRIMES.