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Raleigh Man Held On $1 Million Bond After Carjackings, Assault On Officer

Posted January 16, 2002 8:06 a.m. EST

— A man who led authorities on a high-speed chase through Cary and Raleigh Tuesday afternoon is now in police custody.

Jevon Anthony Ward, 23, of Raleigh, was taken into custody after an attack on a Cary police officer, two carjackings, and a car chase that extended from Cary to Raleigh.

According to Cary Police, Officer Kevin R. Powell responded to a 911 call at 106 Polk Street in the Mobile Estates Trailer Park in Cary around 12:35 p.m. Ward was involved in a fight with his 15-year-old sister, Teresa, when Powell stepped in to break up the fight.

Cary dispatchers received a terrifying 911 call from the 15-year-old.

"My brother is out there beating the cop's ass! He's out there, he's taken the cop's gun! You need to call backup! He got the gun, come on now, please! The cop is bleeding bad, come on now," Ward said.

"He just jumped up and started punching on him," she said later. "The man was bleeding from his neck. His blood is still on the ground."

According to authorities, Jevon Ward took Powell's gun and fled the scene, going through some nearby woods.

From there, the suspect traveled to a Cary Hampton Inn, where he allegedly carjacked a 1990 Thunderbird LX at gunpoint.

The suspect then led police officers and trooper on a chase along Interstate 40, before exiting onto Highway 54.

The Highway Patrol chased Ward by air and on the ground from Cary to Raleigh at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

"The suspect fired at our trooper's cars. We have about four different troopers that he shot at during this pursuit," said Sgt. Wade Bulloch of the Highway Patrol.

The suspect then led authorities along Buck Jones Road to Western Boulevard in Raleigh where he abandoned the Thunderbird and allegedly carjacked a Lincoln Navigator from a Food Lion parking lot.

The chase continued down Western Boulevard into downtown Raleigh where Ward hit a state patrol vehicle, then ended when Ward crashed into the dining room of a home near Camden and Martin streets in southeast Raleigh.

He was apprehended by Highway Patrol troopers just after 2 p.m.

Ward is being held at the Raleigh Police Department on $1 million bond. He faces a long list of criminal charges from at least three law enforcement agencies.

Ward has a list of prior criminal charges dating back to 1994.

Powell, 26, was taken to Western Wake Medical Center where he was treated for cuts and abrasions and released. He has worked for the Town of Cary for three years.