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Garner man faces charges after high-speed chase

Posted March 28, 2010 10:02 p.m. EDT
Updated March 29, 2010 1:02 a.m. EDT

— A Garner man led police on a high-speed chase Sunday that lasted for 38 minutes and criss-crossed three counties.

The chase began at about 8:20 a.m. at 1810 Spring Drive when 21-year-old James Daniel Steele fled a Wake County sheriff’s deputy who was attempting to serve him with outstanding warrants, authorities said.

Steele drove a Chevrolet Camaro into Johnston County. Troopers with the state Highway Patrol began assisting in the chase, which continued on U.S. Highway 421 and then to N.C. Highway 242.

Steele continue to flee authorities onto N.C. Highway 55 toward Sampson County, authorities said.

Steele's vehicle hit a patrol car while trying to turn onto N.C. Highway 96, authorities said. The trooper was not injured.

Steele then drove on Highway 55 to Interstate 40. After exiting onto N.C. Highway 403, Steele got out of the vehicle and was arrested by troopers, authorities said.

Troopers said they are charging him with two counts of felony assault on a law enforcement official and two counts of felony assault.

The sheriff’s office is also charging him with attempted murder for hitting a deputy with his vehicle, felony speeding to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving and passing on the right hand side of the road, authorities said.

Steele was being held in the Wake County jail under a $1,100,000 bond. He is schedule to be in court Monday.