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Raleigh man charged after I-540 pursuit

Posted March 1, 2010
Updated March 2, 2010

— A Raleigh man faces numerous criminal charges after, Wendell authorities say, he led police on a pursuit through Wendell and onto Interstate 540 in Raleigh Monday.

Wendell police said officers responded to calls about a blue pickup truck running other vehicles off the road shortly before 11:30 a.m. Police said the pickup truck driver backed into a silver Honda driven by a woman and then rammed it with the front of his truck.

When officers attempted to stop a truck matching that description, the driver – identified by police as Matthew Draper, 24, of 3020 Allenby Drive in Raleigh – fled. He led officers to Smithfield Road, then to U.S. Highway 64 before going onto westbound Interstate 540, police said.

That's when the North Carolina Highway Patrol and Wake County Sheriff's Office joined in the pursuit. At one point, about a dozen law enforcement vehicles were following the vehicle along I-540.

Draper then led authorities off the Buffaloe Road exit and to his home where the chase ended, authorities said.

Draper is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, felony speeding to elude police, misdemeanor hit-and-run, careless and reckless driving, driving left of the center line, illegal passing and running a stop sign.


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  • keason05 Mar 1, 2010

    I know him also...you couldnt have said that better indoorzombie...

  • whatusay Mar 1, 2010

    What does the photo displayed have to do with this story? I don't see a blue Ford truck.

  • rlwieland Mar 1, 2010


  • flapy Mar 1, 2010

    I know him personally and he really is a good guy, people just loose it sometimes i guess.

  • skc1659 Mar 1, 2010

    I went to HS with this guy and I am fairly certain that he is not 100% functional. He was extremely nice and not a "bad" guy at all....but still not mentally up to par

  • GrandmaEva Mar 1, 2010

    stupid is as stupid does :)

  • mpheels Mar 1, 2010

    He led the police on a chase almost all the way back to his house? Makes you wonder what he thought he could do if only he could get home...

  • White Devil Mar 1, 2010

    Yeah, Caveman, because the people involved in these types of activities have always been cognizant of economic indicators.

  • Caveman93 Mar 1, 2010

    There's a lot of these lately. Must be that the economy is improving eh?

  • workingforthosethatwont Mar 1, 2010

    The judicial system does not treat running from the police seriously. This behavior needs active prison time, loss of license, restrict car ownership abilities and heavy fines for risking other lives.