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Warrant: Police cruiser pushed 70 feet in head-on collision

Posted February 19, 2014

Max Felton Mitchell

— A man arrested after a head-on collision with a Raleigh police cruiser pushed the vehicle 70 feet with his pickup truck before stopping, according to a search warrant released Wednesday.

Authorities say police had been trying to stop Max Felton Mitchell, 53, after a domestic assault Monday morning when he crossed the center lane on Poole Road near St. George Road and hit Officer L. N. Yesh's patrol car as it was blocking the eastbound lane.

"For an unknown reason, Mr. Mitchell accelerated his vehicle and swerved into the opposite lane of travel, striking Officer Yesh head-on," police stated in an affidavit for a search warrant for Mitchell's truck.

Yesh, according to the search warrant, went to WakeMed with a concussion and a cut on the back of her head.

Two other officers suffered minor injuries while trying to arrest Mitchell, police said.

Mitchell was wanted after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at an apartment on Williams Road, according to the warrant. He was taken to WakeMed, where he refused to give a blood sample for an alcohol test.

Mitchell faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving and driving while license revoked.

He also faces charges of assault on a female, communicating threats and a violation of a domestic violence protective order.

He was in the Wake County jail Wednesday under a $335,000 bond.


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  • anonemoose Feb 20, 2014

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    The article fails to tell us if once he refused that a search warrant was done for his blood. If not, I would like to know why.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 19, 2014

    Thank you, officers, for putting your lives on the line to protect us! :-)

  • dwr1964 Feb 19, 2014

    Lena Feb 19, 1:56 p.m.

    Article says Mitchell declined blood test. Does that mean is was not done?

    A blood test can be refused, however, the refusal of the blood test, constitutes an automatic guilty verdict for DUI. At least, this was the law back when I used to work at hospitals. Of course that was almost 10 years ago, so it may have changed.

  • Lena Feb 19, 2014

    Article says Mitchell declined blood test. Does that mean is was not done?

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 19, 2014

    Good thing she was driving one of the now discontinued crown vics. The cars they are replacing them with are not a good in front end collisions.