Man charged with ramming Raleigh police cruiser

From staff reportsFebruary 17, 2014 

— A man fleeing the scene of a reported domestic assault ran head-on into a marked police car on Poole Road on Monday, then seriously injured two other officers as he resisted arrest, according to police reports.

Max Felton Mitchell, 52, is accused of using his 2003 Dodge Ram pickup truck to assault Officer L.N. Yesh with the intent to kill and inflicting serious injury, an arrest warrant states.

Raleigh police were headed toward the 900 block of Williams Road at about 10 a.m. Monday, responding to a report that a man was beating a woman outside a home. Mitchell is accused of grabbing the woman by the neck, throwing her to the ground and kicking her “about the head and neck,” an arrest warrant states. Mitchell also is accused of slamming another man’s finger in a door while assaulting the woman.

As they approached, police received information that the man had left the scene in a pickup truck.

Officers spotted a 2003 Dodge truck matching a witness description and signaled for it to pull over. The driver of the truck instead crossed the center line of Poole Road, striking an eastbound Ford patrol car that had stopped in the opposite lane. The truck was traveling at an estimated 45 mph, crumpling the front of the police cruiser.

Yesh was taken to WakeMed in Raleigh for treatment, but was not though to have suffered life-threatening injuries, according to police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

Mitchell, of 833 Belmont Drive, was identified as the driver of the truck. He also is accused of seriously injuring two other officers as they attempted to detain him. He gave one officer a swollen hand, cuts and bruises to the knees, and he broke another officer’s ankle, arrest warrants state. He assaulted the officers with his body, Sughrue said.

Police took Mitchell to WakeMed for treatment, but his status wasn’t immediately available. In connection with the motor-vehicle crash, he has been charged with driving while impaired; careless and reckless driving; driving while license revoked; assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury; and two counts of felony assault on a law-enforcement officer inflicting serious injury.

Mitchell also is accused of breaking a protective order related to domestic violence; communicating a threat to kill the woman he assaulted; misdemeanor assault on a female; and misdemeanor simple assault. He was held Monday at the Wake County Detention Center on $305,000 bond.

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