Man allegedly running from police causes concrete truck to overturn in Wake Forest

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The crash closed both eastbound lanes of the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/NC 98 Bypass from Capital Boulevard to South Main Street Thursday.

Police say a man wanted in Franklin County led officers on a chase into Wake Forest and ultimately caused a concrete truck to overturn on the N.C. Highway 98 Bypass.

The crash happened before 10 a.m. between Capital Boulevard and South Main Street.

Franklin County deputies had tried to serve a warrant for 20-year-old Skylar Steven Blackley of Knightdale, which led to the chase.

Police said Blackley went west on the Bypass, and then pulled into the eastbound lanes. When he did that, he pulled into the path of the concrete truck. The truck driver swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision, and that's what caused the large vehicle to overturn.

Skylar Steven Blackley


The truck driver was taken to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

The pursuit ended in Franklin County where Blackley was taken into custody by the Franklin County Sheriff's Department without further incident.

Wake Forest police are charging Blackley with speeding, red light violation, driving the wrong way on a dual lane highway, felony hit and run, and careless and reckless driving.

More charges are likely.

Deputies say pursuing a suspect in a high-speed chase is very dangerous for them and other drivers.

"It absolutely can be nerve racking for the deputies and all involved but they take every precaution they possibly can based on all the training that they have received," said Terry Wright, Franklin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy.

Wake Forest police issued this warning to drivers following Thursday's chase: Police officials urge motorists to try and pull to the side of the road for safety whenever they see a police pursuit approaching them. Drivers are also encouraged to keep the volume of their vehicle radio down, so they can hear any oncoming police or emergency vehicles.

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