Police chase ends in crash in Garner
Posted September 20, 2013
Garner, N.C. — 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.