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Chase nabs suspect in Raleigh, Holly Springs break-ins

Posted February 25, 2010 6:14 a.m. EST
Updated February 26, 2010 10:23 a.m. EST

A nearly 30-minute police chase ended outside Crabtree Valley Mall early Thursday, 25, 2010. Gaven Stubberfield, 35, of Fuquay-Varina was arrested on outstanding breaking-and-entering charges in Raleigh and Holly Springs.

— A suspect in break-ins in Holly Springs and Raleigh was arrested after a nearly 30-minute chase through the capital city early Thursday.

State Trooper M.P. Cape said that shortly after 2 a.m., a Raleigh police officer attempted to stop a 2000 BMW whose driver was suspected of breaking into a business on Edwards Mill Road. The driver refused to stop and sped away on Glendwood Avenue, so the officer called in state troopers to help in the chase.

Cape said the driver – identified as Gaven Stubberfield, 35, of Fuquay-Varina – called 911 and said he was armed, had a woman in his back seat and would kill her if they didn't stop the pursuit. Cape, however, said he got close enough to see that there was not a woman in the BMW.

He deployed stop sticks on Blue Ridge Road, at District Drive, but that didn't halt the driver. Trooper H.C. Ellefson performed a "textbook" PIT maneuver, in which an officer uses a cruiser to bump a chased car out of control, Cape said, bringing the chase to an end back on Glenwood Avenue, in front of Crabtree Valley Mall.

Stubberfield disobeyed orders to get out of the BMW, so troopers busted out a window, used a Taser gun on Stubberfield and dragged him out of the window, Cape said.

Stubberfield was charged with driving while impaired, felony speeding to elude arrest, driving without a driver's license and other traffic violations. He was also charged with one count of attempted breaking-and-entering and two counts each of commercial breaking-and-entering and larceny after breaking-and-entering. Raleigh police said that additional charges are pending.

Stubberfield was being held in the Wake County Jail Thursday under a $330,000 bond. His first court appearance was set for Friday afternoon.

Stubberfield has a criminal record dating to 1994 and previous convictions for larceny and felony breaking-and-entering, according to state Department of Correction records. He most recently served eight months in prison in 2008 for probation violations.

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