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Zebulon police corral chase suspect

Posted November 1, 2013

— Zebulon police arrested a man in Nash County Friday morning after a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 264 in which at least one patrol car was damaged.

Police Chief Tim Hayworth said the incident began outside a McDonald's on Wakelon Drive in Zebulon at about 9:55 a.m. when an "irate person" was trying to assault people with a club. An officer tried to take the man into custody, but he jumped in his pickup truck, tried to ram the police car and sped off, starting the chase.

"Every time he would start to pull over, he would then make a maneuver to try to hit the police car, try to back into a police car," Hayworth said.

The man drove 15 miles down U.S. 264 and N.C. Highway 581 into Bailey, where he almost hit several cars and spun out in the post office parking lot, the chief said. Officers tried to use stun guns to subdue him through the open driver's side window of the pickup but weren't successful.

The pickup then smashed through a barricade at Bailey Elementary School, which police had already locked down. The school remained on lockdown for about 15 minutes, a Nash County Schools spokeswoman said.

Hayworth said he then ordered his officers to conduct a PIT maneuver, which involves police intentionally running their cruisers into a fleeing vehicle to stop it.

Zebulon Police Chief Tim Hayworth Zebulon chief ordered officers to ram fleeing truck

"In my professional opinion, the chase was way out of hand. This guy was going to hurt somebody," he said. "We couldn't let him go because he had already attempted to assault people."

One police car was damaged "pretty heavily" in the collision, and the truck was forced to stop on Pace Road after about another mile, Hayworth said.

"He was still very agitated, and we had to forcibly remove him from the truck," he said, noting the man fought with police, firefighters and paramedics responding to the situation and even tried to sic a dog on them.

WRAL Sky 5 video showed authorities strapping the pickup driver to a backboard and stretcher and taking him away in an ambulance. Hayworth said he suffered minor injuries.

No officers or bystanders were injured.

"The event, it's tragic that it happened. I hate that it happened. It's a dangerous situation, but I'm glad we were able to get this resolved," Hayworth said.

The man was identified as Dennis Carroll Bunn, 60, of Sims. Police said he was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh for a physical and mental exam and would be charged with assault with a deadly weapon and felony fleeing and eluding.


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  • landonsgrampa Nov 1, 2013

    Wrong. There is no color on NC registrations. Doing a job and telling someone how to do their job are worlds apart. thepeopleschamp

    Please show me where I said the color of a vehicle was found on a registration. I stated that the color of a vehicle was part of DMV records, not printed on your registration. Some people and their inability to read the printed English language.

  • Tax Man Nov 1, 2013

    Good work LE! Thanks for keeping us safe.

  • sunshine1040 Nov 1, 2013

    I am glad the DC cops were able to stop that woman from killing her baby or anyone else. She was armed with a motor vehicle that could have killed dozens of people and I am glad Zebulon police were able to shut his man down before there ware any people injured

  • Barely Nov 1, 2013

    Zebulon's police force was on the ball.

  • Classified Nov 1, 2013

    Great job Zebulon PD. They must have some veterans on their PD. It goes to show that not every encounter has to end like the OK Corral.

  • samdutes Nov 1, 2013

    The color of your vehicle is listed in the VIN number, unless you have had your vehicle painted. Then, the correct color would not show. --martineer

    Not on my Focus or Corvette, there's no color id in either of these via the VIN.

  • imback Nov 1, 2013

    The Washington DC police were hailed as heroes recently as they brutally gunned down an un-armed African american woman after she gave up the chase. I guess the Zebulon police missed that lesson. This guy is really lucky he wasn't shot down.

    Combat Medic

    And the her race is relevant because??? P.S. It was the Capitol Police.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 1, 2013

    Combat Medic - "The Washington DC police were hailed as heroes recently as they brutally gunned down an un-armed African american woman after she gave up the chase."

    You know, I have little respect or tolerance for people who spin a story just to make it fit the fact that they hate cops.

    That is NOT what happened in DC!!!

    If you were armed and she tried to run you down like she tried to run down those cops, I'd be willing to bet you would have shot her too.

    And she not only did that, she did it with her baby in the car. Those cops tried to stop her repeatedly every way they knew how.

    Ultimately, to save that innocent baby and themselves, they had to shoot her.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 1, 2013

    buco - "The Zebulon leos did a great job. Of course they could have kill this man after he try to run them over but they defamed from doing this and no one was injured."


    Did you mean "refrained" cause "defamed" means to hurt someone's character or reputation, and I can't figure out how that fits this scenario or your sentence.

  • davido Nov 1, 2013

    "I said I wanted an Egg McMuffin with no cheeze!!!!"

    I hope the dog is OK and I applaud the officers for not shooting it. It's a shame they wrecked at least one police car, but no serious injuries means good work by the LEOs.