Troopers charge Johnston man in high-speed motorcycle chase

From Staff ReportsMarch 10, 2014 

— A 27-year-old Johnston County man was due in court Monday on seven misdemeanors and a speeding-to-elude felony charge that the Highway Patrol filed after what a trooper said was a 150-plus mph chase of the man's motorcycle Dec. 30.

Troopers caught up with David Christopher Pruitt of 7116 Kasey Dee Circle, which carries a Garner postal address, on Friday afternoon on Gorman Street in Raleigh, according to an arrest report.

From the chase, Trooper J.L. Thorpe charged Pruitt with felony fleeing to elude for what Thorpe said was racing away off on his Honda CBR motorcycle when Thorpe tried to pull him over for speeding.

In an affidavit to seize the Honda, which the statement said had not yet been found, Thorpe said the chase on Grovemont Road and Timber Drive in Raleigh happened when Pruitt “fled at a speed of 150 mph plus....”

Pruitt also was charged with speeding, reckless driving, having no insurance, not heeding the trooper’s lights and siren, driving with a revoked license, unsafe passing by crossing a yellow line, running a red light and disguising a license plate.

Pruitt also was charged with not appearing in court four times on other charges.

A magistrate set Pruitt’s bail at $75,000, and he was being held at the Wake County Detention Center pending the court appearance.

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