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Man rams truck into Raleigh police car after domestic assault

Posted February 17, 2014
Updated February 19, 2014

— Three Raleigh police officers were injured Monday morning after a man ran his pickup truck into a marked police car and resisted arrest after a domestic dispute.

Officers were responding to a reported assault on Williams Road shortly after 10 a.m. when they spotted a truck matching the description of the suspect vehicle.

Police attempted to stop the truck, driven by Max Felton Mitchell, 53, but he refused and later crossed the center line and hit Officer L.N. Yesh's patrol car head-on, police said.

The police vehicle was parked in the opposite lane near St. George Road.

Yesh, 24, was transported to WakeMed in Raleigh with non-life threatening injuries.

After the collision, two officers were injured while arresting Mitchell. Officer E.E. Tansey, 29, suffered an ankle injury and Officer R. Sirianna, 34, suffered a hand injury. Both were also transported to WakeMed.

Mitchell is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, DWI, careless and reckless driving and driving while license revoked. In addition, he is charged with assault on a female, communicating threats and a violation of a domestic violence protective order.

Mitchell remained at the Wake County jail Tuesday morning on a $305,000 bond. He is scheduled to make a first court appearance at 2 p.m.

The victim of the domestic assault was treated at the scene.


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  • Djofraleigh Anderson Feb 18, 2014
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    The woman who had the restraining order on him must be breathing a sigh of relief since the arrest. She's lucky this life threatening rage didn't come at her.

  • sunshine1040 Feb 18, 2014

    This is one way to stop the abuse and I hope the judge gives him plenty of time to get over his anger.

  • anonemoose Feb 18, 2014

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    Because this actually a criminal act, not a traffic collision and shouldn't be reported as such.

  • davido Feb 18, 2014

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    I don't think you will get your wish.

    I am sure life has not been treating him well lately. Maybe he can turn his life around after doing his time. Likely he won't, but .. stranger things have happened.

  • Obamacare rises again Feb 18, 2014

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    Even with that bond, this guy is not coming up with $35K to bond out. He probably doesn't even have $3,500 to his name.

  • Jump1 Feb 18, 2014

    Only held for 350K, wow is that what the judge thinks the lives are worth? Kid with H&R charge got 500K

  • Ginny Marcom Feb 18, 2014
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    You are absolutely correct. Armchair quaterbacks like Disgusted need to be out there to see just what is going on. They don't have a clue. It's obvious by the comments they make here.

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 18, 2014

    Couldn't imagine being a cop and confronting such dangerous situations. Thank you officers.

  • monami Feb 18, 2014

    Assaulting a woman, violating a DV order, driving drunk, intentionally crashing into a LE officer, hurting arresting officers...

    What redeeming value to society does this guy have? Too bad he'll soon be out and re-offending.

  • rickandlinda88 Feb 18, 2014

    as trigger happy as most police officers are;he's lucky he did not get shot.that being said,to aim a motor vehicle and ram it into another vehicle is using same as a deadly weapon.lock him up for a very long time..