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Man arrested after chase on Beltline

Posted January 20, 2010 12:18 p.m. EST
Updated January 20, 2010 6:49 p.m. EST

— Authorities in Wake County arrested a man Wednesday just before noon after a brief chase along Interstate 440 West.

Jimmy Ray Morris Jr., of Havelock, 37, was charged with careless and reckless driving, speeding, driving with a revoked license, felony speeding to elude arrest and failure to stop for blue lights.

Other charges are pending, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

A trooper on a motorcycle tried to pull over a Pontiac Bonneville shortly after 11 a.m. and called for back-up when the driver did not stop, Trooper Kenneth Cooke said.

Troopers followed the car onto Wade Avenue and Edwards Mill Road into the Crabtree Valley Mall parking lot, where he jumped a curb and got onto Glenwood Avenue.

When the driver attempted to return to the Beltline, troopers boxed him in with their patrol cars, forcing him to stop, authorities said.

Cooke said Morris resisted arrest but that a trooper used a stun gun to help detain him. Morris was taken to a local hospital and later to the Wake County jail.

Morris is wanted in Miami on armed robbery and carjacking charges, authorities said.