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Police chase ends in Raleigh wreck

Posted June 28, 2013

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— A driver fleeing from Garner police crashed on New Bern Road in east Raleigh Friday afternoon.

The driver tried to escape on foot after the crash, but he was taken into custody at a nearby self-storage facility, police said.

The incident started when Garner police tried to stop a speeding car that had hit some mailboxes, police said. The chase went from U.S. Highway 70 to Interstates 40 and 440 before police lost him on Poole Road.

Wake County deputies then joined in pursuit, and the chase ended at the intersection of New Bern Avenue and Freedom Drive, where the fleeing car hit another car, an SUV and a garbage truck, police said.

Several people were injured and were taken to WakeMed, but their conditions weren't known.

Deputies used a K-9 to track the driver to a StorKwik at 5012 New Bern Ave., about a half-mile away, where they apprehended him.

"I was out here cleaning and I hear, 'Get on the ground,' and I look up and I see sheriffs with their guns pulled and this guy," StorKwik employee Chanel Marshall said. "I didn’t see that they had him on the ground till I ran inside (and) locked all the doors."

Reginald Tyrone Massey, 27, was charged with felony speeding to elude, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a vehicle for the sale of drugs. Police said other charges are pending in both Garner and Raleigh.

The wreck caused eastbound traffic to back up on New Bern Avenue, as police closed three lanes during their investigation.

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  • miseem Jun 28, 7:32 p.m.

    aren't officers told not to fire their weapons at a fleeing perp if they know innocent people are in their line of their fire? Same thing should apply here, when cars are the potential weapons.
    Whatthehey.

    Why did he hit some mailboxes? Could he have been driving while impaired from alcohol or drugs? If so, and a few miles down the road he ran over a pedestrian or hit another car and kill one or more people, then everyone would have been griping that the police should have stopped him. Let's face it, you may accidentally clip one mailbox, but to take out several seems to show at least a definite suspicion of impaired driving. Even in the case of an expired tag or other minor offense, fleeing would indicate a probability something more than a misdemeanor was going on.

  • Whatthehey Jun 28, 6:31 p.m.

    The perp is (allegedly) responsible for damage to mailboxes, leaving scene, and fleeing from law enforcement. The officers are responsible for damage to innocent victims and additional property.
    Think of it this way, thepeopleschamp - aren't officers told not to fire their weapons at a fleeing perp if they know innocent people are in their line of their fire? Same thing should apply here, when cars are the potential weapons.

  • thepeopleschamp Jun 28, 5:42 p.m.

    "The vic's and their families should be furious they have to suffer for the reckless endangerment of officer sworn to protect." Whatthehey

    Funny how you direct no responsibility whatsoever at the person who actually caused this incident. Classic case of find a problem, blame the nearest officer instead of the criminal.

  • Viewer Jun 28, 5:07 p.m.

    There is someone with the same name with a long record listed in the NC DPS Offender Public Information file. It seems the cops knew what kind of "man" they were chasing. Good job guys!

  • Whatthehey Jun 28, 4:37 p.m.

    About time for LEO's start exercising sound. They need to realize it is different operating in a congested urban setting than down east with open roads and wide horizons. The vic's and their families should be furious they have to suffer for the reckless endangerment of officer sworn to protect.

    And for those GOLOers who chronically complain if every lawbreaker isn't chased, everyone will break the law - that's nonsense. "People that flee after hitting a mailbox are not going to conclude, wow, I got away with that so I should hit some more mailboxes since no one will chase me!"What if the officer hadn't observed them hitting the mailbox? Big deal - the mailbox must be replaced either way.

  • X Metal Head Jun 28, 4:25 p.m.

    Correction, the car hit the mailboxes, so it may not have been a felony. However, if this was an intentional destruction of the mailboxes then, yes, it would be a felony.

  • X Metal Head Jun 28, 4:19 p.m.

    fredk - So, I guess we should teach our children, "As long as you don't commit murder or an armed bank robbery, then it is ok to flee from police!" Once again, common sense is thrown out the window. I think it is time to quit blaming the police for some unintelligent's (preferred word censored by WRAL) lack of respect for the laws of the land. It is time to put the blame where it belongs - ON THE CRIMINAL! Let us look at the most simple form of common sense in this situation. If the alleged criminal does not break the law, then no police will chase the criminal - thus, no chase, no wreck, no injuries. And another thing, if the police do not chase a criminal then how are they supposed to apprehend the alleged perpetrator? Thank goodness the police used common sense here since the alleged criminal was 1.) speeding and 2. destroying mailboxes (a felony by the way).

  • Six String Jun 28, 4:05 p.m.

    Fredk, I generally agree with your statement, but there was no way the police could have known what he might have done, whether he was drunk and could have killed someone, on drugs, etc. Hindsight tends to be pretty good, the police have to make pretty quick decisions on the spot.

  • rescuefan Jun 28, 3:55 p.m.

    If the driver hadn't done something wrong, he wouldn't have run in the first place. It always amazes me how people will complain about the police chasing someone who did what they consider innocent. If he was innocent, he would have run all the way from Garner to New Bern trying to get away.

  • mac240 Jun 28, 3:33 p.m.

    Just keeping it real!

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