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Man flees DWI checkpoint, crashes van

Posted March 22, 2014
Updated March 23, 2014

Thomas Earl McLean

— Wake County sheriff's deputies arrested a man early Saturday after they say he failed to stop at a DWI checkpoint, crashed his van and then jumped out and tried to run.

Thomas Earl McLean, 33, was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation of unknown injuries, according to Cary police.

Wake deputies say McLean refused to stop at the DWI checkpoint at Cary Towne Boulevard shortly before 2:45 a.m. and eventually crashed in the 300 block of Dry Avenue.

He was charged with fleeing and eluding arrest.


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  • lilpartigrl Mar 24, 2014

    He ran because he is permanently suspended......

  • Viewer Mar 24, 2014

    Maybe more charges will be filled after the DAs Office looks at the complete package this week . He seems to have a track record in the NC data base.

  • Cindy Rose Mar 24, 2014
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    He wasn't charged with DWI, so why did he run??? Wondering if his injuries are from the crash or from the resisting arrest. Either way, another one off the road. If he hadn't done anything wrong he wouldn't have needed to run.

  • Forthe Newssite Mar 24, 2014
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    oh and whether he was drunk or not WHY did he run? If he was doing nothing wrong there was no reason to run now was there?

  • Mike Watson Mar 24, 2014
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    @JustOneGodLessThanU... if he runs from a checkpoint then he deserves what he gets.

  • James Scandrick Mar 24, 2014
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    There are other states that these checkpoints are illegal, how can we make that happen in NC?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 24, 2014

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    Something did happen...and it appears to have happened, because he panicked because of the checkpoint. No checkpoint = no panic.

    There is no info here whether this man was actually a hazard to the public...so I'm not sure why you're glad he's off the road. Running does not equal guilt...he could have gotten nervous and after the crash, he got scared. Not ideal, but without more information, it's too early to judge, don't you think?

  • Jump1 Mar 24, 2014

    Glad they got him off the road before something happened.
    Great job guys.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Mar 24, 2014

    Too bad checkpoints in wake county are full of cameras to document what really happened vs. the normal wake county LEO mentality of file a bunch of bogus charges and then watch the DA office prosecute to convict at any cost.

    Wake county LEOs hate cameras because they document actions that may "conveniently" never make it on the incident report which benefit the accused.

    Plus the lazy DA's office can just plea down as opposed to actually do their job which is too find the truth, and the truth is the LEOs in wake county need never be trusted

  • ncguy Mar 24, 2014

    I see the CPD landed one on their fishing expidition