Clayton man arrested after high-speed chase, hit patrol car

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One man is in custody after taking police on a high-speed police chase that spanned two counties. (Credit: Wake County Detention Center )

One man is in custody after taking police on a high-speed police chase that spanned two counties.

Sunday afternoon, the Clayton Police Department was called to the 1100 block of Sumac Court after reports of someone trespassing.

Officers said when they arrived the suspect fled, crossing the center line of the street and almost hitting the patrol car.

A chase then ensued into downtown Clayton and west out of Clayton and into Wake County.



Police said they ended the chase due to wet road conditions and possible high speeds. Authorities said the man was driving 95 mph in a 35 mph zone.

An alert trooper spotted the vehicle on Barwell Road and the vehicle fled once again.

Authorities said the vehicle crashed into some trees behind a house on Rock Quarry Road at Riverbrooke Drive and the suspect fled on foot.

Troopers, with the help of Wake County deputies and Raleigh Police, apprehended the suspect a short time later.

James Michael Caldwell, 35, of Clayton was taken to the Wake County Detention Center.

Caldwell is charged with eluding arrest, resisting a public officer, and speeding.

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