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Multi-county police chase ends in Raleigh

Posted April 16, 2016 6:00 p.m. EDT
Updated April 17, 2016 7:45 a.m. EDT

— A multi-county police chase that began in Franklin County ended Saturday afternoon in Wake County at U.S. Highway 401 near Spring Forest Road in Raleigh.

Authorities said William Stephany Jr. was charged with careless and reckless driving and speeding to elude officers in Franklin County. Wake County officials said Stephany will be charged with driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license.

Officials said a trooper found Stephany's car after receiving a call about reckless driving in Franklin County. Wake County authorities were called for assistance after Stephany eluded Franklin County police.

Four police cars were damaged in the 20 mile police chase, officials said.

Heather Stromberg found herself in the middle of the chase Saturday afternoon. Stromberg was unharmed, but her rear left bumper was damaged.

"I heard what I thought was this really loud truck coming up I-540 and I was like, 'Whoa, that's kind of loud,'' Stromberg said. "Then all of a sudden I saw this blue coming up behind me and I was like, 'Oh no, I have to get out of the way.'"

Authorities said a Wake County Highway Patrol trooper jumped through the passenger side window to control the car after police forced Stephany to reduce his speed. The trooper then pushed Stephany out of the car and took him into custody.

Kelly Cox and Devon Daquelente filmed the scene from their apartment in Raleigh.

"It was unbelievable to see him jump on that car and dive into that window; that was amazing," Daquelente said.

Stephany Jr. was transported to WakeMed for minor injuries, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information has been released.