Police arrested a 20-year-old man Thursday after a high-speed chase through two counties that caused a concrete truck to overturn near downtown Wake Forest.
Emergency workers trasnsported the driver of the concrete truck to the hospital for obervation, said Wake Forest town spokesman Bill Crabtree.
Investigators charged Skylar Steven Blackley of 108 Grayson Court in Knightdale with speeding, red light violation, driving the wrong way on a dual-lane highway, felony hit-and-run and careless and reckless driving.
Blackley will also face additional charges from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Crabtree said Thursday afternoon.
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The chase began at about 10 a.m. when Franklin County sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve Blackley with an arrest warrant.
Police say Blackley fled in a blue 2007 Jeep Cherokee. Franklin County deputies pursued the Jeep into Wake Forest where Wake Forest Police joined the chase.
Investigators reported that the Jeep was traveling west on the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/N.C. 98 Bypass when Blackley attempted to elude law officers when he “veered into the eastbound lane and traveled west in the eastbound lane,” Crabtree said. The concrete truck also traveling in the eastbound lane overturned when the driver attempted to avoid colliding head-on with Blackley’s Jeep.
The Jeep continued and finally pulled over back in Franklin County, Crabtree said.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Blackley without further incident.
The driver of the concrete truck, whose name was not made public, was transported to WakeMed for observation, Crabtree said.
Authorities closed eastbound N.C. 98 Bypass from Capital Boulevard to South Main Street after the concrete truck overturned at the intersection, near Galaxy Drive. The road re-opened at 11:45 a.m., Crabtree said.