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Man Faces Numerous Charges After Leading Police On Chase, Breaking Into Home

Posted July 11, 2003 10:38 a.m. EDT

— A man driving with a permanently revoked license was arrested Friday in Wake County after leading law-enforcement officers on a chase and breaking into a home in an effort to escape.

The suspect, identified as David Wiggins, faces charges that include driving with a revoked license, DWI and felony speeding to elude arrest.

His license had been revoked because of a previous incident in which he was charged with felony speeding to elude arrest.

At one point Friday, according to investigators, speeds reached 100 miles per hour during the chase.

The incident began after the Highway Patrol tried to stop Wiggins at Interstate 40 and Aviation Parkway for driving too fast through a construction zone. He instead sped off, and troopers pursued him.

The chase went from I-40 to Highway 54, back to I-40, then onto Morrisville-Carpenter Road and into a Morrisville subdivision.

Wiggins drove into a cul de sac and ditched his car in the backyard of subdivision resident Brian Hardy, whom Wiggins did not know. Wiggins then ran behind some houses toward a wooded area as police continued their pursuit on foot.

At some point, authorities said, Wiggins broke into a residence at 103 Gallagher Court. The homeowner chased the suspect back outside and then directed officers to the suspect, who was found hiding under a tarp in a nearby yard.

A K-9 dog sniffed Wiggins out, and he was led away in handcuffs.

For Hardy and others in the neighborhood, the arrest was a welcome sight.

"The end of a strange day," Hardy said.