Man arrested after police chase ends in Cary, 14-year-old girl safe with family
Posted October 18, 2021 1:36 a.m. EDT
Updated October 18, 2021 12:38 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — A man has been arrested after police say he stole a car with a teenage girl inside and led officers on a lengthy chase early Monday morning.
Morteza Zakeri, 20, of Bowling Drive in Raleigh, has been charged with first degree kidnapping, felony flee/elude arrest with motor vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle in connection with the incident. He was being held at the Wake County Detention Center.
The chase started around 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 40 West near Lake Wheeler Road and Gorman Street and lasted around 45 minutes, police said, referring to it as a "tour of Wake County."
Officers spotted a white SUV matching the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier kidnapping at a gas station near Gorman Street and Tryon Road. Police said the man jumped into the SUV, which was left running at the gas station with a 14-year-old girl inside, and sped off.
The chase led police into Durham, along the Durham Freeway, onto Interstate 540 and south toward Penny Road in Cary before it ended around 3:15 a.m. at Kildaire Farm Road and Loch Highlands Drive off U.S. Highway 1 in Cary.
Police said a Raleigh K9 unit used a dog to catch the suspect.