Southwest Wake News

July 31, 2014

Man chased down by Cary police, accused of crashing stolen car into van

A woman was hospitalized and a man arrested Thursday morning after a car that Cary police said had just been stolen crashed into a van and Cary and Raleigh police conducted a manhunt for the car driver.

The theft of a car and a crash that sent one person to a hospital led to a manhunt by Raleigh and Cary police Thursday morning, the arrest of one man after a foot chase and police seeking two others..

The incident began when someone who saw suspicious activity around cars in the Donaldson Court neighborhood off Walnut Street about 5 a.m., police said.

Police went to the area, and one officer was pulling into the neighborhood as a stolen car was coming out, officials said.

The stolen car turned left onto Walnut and headed down the wrong side, then crashed into a van in which two women and three children were riding and the car driver ran from the scene.

While one of the women was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Cary police, aided by units from Raleigh, began looking for the man.

About two hours after the 5 a.m. crash, Cary police, including a K-9 officer and dog, spotted Rashaad Antwain McKnight, 22, and chased him on the Speight Branch Greenway off Walnut Street and arrested him.

McKnight was charged with five counts of breaking or entering a motor vehicle, three counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, felony hit-and-run, felony fleeing to elude arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle and being a habitual felon.

McKnight was convicted in March 2009 of receiving a stolen vehicle and in September 2009 of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm on the same day in March that he was convicted, state prison records showed.

In February 2013, he was convicted of illegally receiving a firearm.

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