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Man flees Raleigh police, throwing gun, drugs from car

Steven Denell Elleby, 24, of Durham, faces assault, drug and hit-and-run charges after a chase through Raleigh Friday.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh police chased a vehicle Friday along portions of Interstates 40 and 540 in north Raleigh before making an arrest on I-540 east near the Six Forks interchange, spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

Steven Denell Elleby, 24, of 617 Reservoir St. in Durham, led local, county and state law enforcement officers from Wade Avenue onto I-40 and I-540, dropping a gun and drugs out the window as he drove, Sughrue said. 

In the course of the chase, Elleby hit another car, injuring the driver, police said.

He was taken into custody at about 1 p.m. and charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, speeding to elude arrest, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, maintaining a dwelling/motor vehicle to house marijuana and felony hit and run. His bond on all charges totaled $105,000. He was released on bond early Saturday. 

Elleby is due in court on Monday.

A search of his criminal record shows Elleby has no convictions, but he was charged with communicating threats and assault with a deadly weapon in July. Those charges against him were dismissed. 

Detectives tried to arrest Elleby in the 4000 block of Tournament Drive at about 12:30 p.m., Sughrue said, but he pointed a handgun at officers and escaped.

Police next tried to stop him on Duraleigh Road near the intersection with Sedgewood Drive, but he fled, leading officers from the Raleigh Police Department, Wake County Sheriff's Office and North Carolina State Highway Patrol on the chase.


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