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Police chase ends in crash in Garner

Posted September 20, 2013

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— A driver and passenger were arrested Friday after leading state troopers on a short chase that ended in a crash in Garner.

Troopers said they spotted a silver Buick wanted in connection with a burglary when the driver fled shortly before 11 a.m.

Two minutes later, the driver tried to enter the Heather Springs subdivision and collided with a white Pontiac stopped at the intersection of Timber Drive and Thompson Road.

The driver, identified as James Kevin Elias, jumped out of the car and ran but was caught after a trooper deployed a Taser. The passenger, identified as Matthew Todd Bagley, was also taken into custody.

State troopers said Elias was charged with felony speed to elude, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving, speeding (65 mph in a 45-mph zone), resisting, lane obstruction and hit-and-run.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office said investigators are questioning the men about two burglaries that happened Friday morning – one at 3608 Benson Road and another at 5800 Raynor Road.

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  • tiffany04us Sep 20, 2013

    James Elias, also wanted for parole violations. No!!

  • Vote for Pedro Sep 20, 2013

    I'm TRULY sorry for your loss, but running from the cops was wrong, and if she died in the process, thank God she was the only one and she didn't take innocents out at the same time.
    IWontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves

    I didn't know the young lady killed so don't feel sorry for me. I was using that as an example just to point out that chases often result in bad outcomes, like the innocent people who were hurt during this one. My suggesting maybe other methods could be deployed sometimes for some reason has caused some very uptight people to make snarky derogatory remarks about my and my respect for law enforcement officers. Go back and read my original comment.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 20, 2013

    outhousecat - "Why aren't young 'uns being taught to stop when the law turns on the blue light?"

    Cause too few parents are teaching their kids anything nowadays. They go to work and leave the teaching of their own children up to someone else, someone else who may be on the ball or may not, most likely may not as the arrest records are now showing us.

    Common sense and decency isn't as common as it once was. The lack of parental/family teaching is leaving us with generations of children with little to no character, children who believe they can do wrong as long as no one is watching, children who believe mom or dad will bail them out and make excuses for them, etc. etc. etc.

    Feel free to add to the list if you wish. You can find a list of lame excuses a mile long in most of the news or over at the police blotter.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 20, 2013

    Pedro - "I suppose you never did anything stupid when you were young. She passed a cop on Buffalo rd, stopped let off a passenger and took off. The cop saw in his mirror, turned around and chased her until she ran into the concrete abutment of the bridge on Capital that goes over 440. To my knowledge, there was no evidence found that anything illegal had been going on in her mangled truck or on her lifeless body."

    I did plenty of stupid things when young. Running from the cops wasn't one of them.

    I'm TRULY sorry for your loss, but running from the cops was wrong, and if she died in the process, thank God she was the only one and she didn't take innocents out at the same time.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 20, 2013

    cat - "I did a lot of stupid things when I was young. Running from the popo wasn't one of them. And believe me, I had plenty of chances. I was always being pulled for speeding and stuff."

    Me2, but I always faced the music.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 20, 2013

    Wonder why they arrested the passenger.

    And personally, I think cowards who cause high speed chases running from authorities should just be marched into the nearest woods and neutralized on the spot, for the innocents they put in danger in their cowardly run.

  • buster102007 Sep 20, 2013

    Once again it is like a broken record.... except these guys were white. Just google their names and there are multiple arrest. Every person you ever see in the news being arrested it is not their first time. The problem is not the people doing the crimes, it is the judges that let them go. If the USA does not have room in the prisons then lets start building million man prisons in the deserts until we have enough room. Lock these people up for life after the second arrest.

  • outhousecat Sep 20, 2013

    I did a lot of stupid things when I was young. Running from the popo wasn't one of them. And believe me, I had plenty of chances. I was always being pulled for speeding and stuff. But running makes it worse. Why aren't young 'uns being taught to stop when the law turns on the blue light?

  • 75Tarheel Sep 20, 2013

    Great job Troopers! I support you 100% as I do all LEO's unless there's irrefutable evidence to the contrary.

  • farm Sep 20, 2013

    "to my knowledge, there was no evidence found that anything illegal had been going on in her mangled truck or on her lifeless body.?

    Felony elude

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