Southwest Wake News

December 2, 2013

Man charged with DWI after chase ends at Cary roller-skating rink

A Cary man was charged with driving while impaired and felony fleeing to avoid arrest Sunday evening after a police chase that ended at the Jellybeans skating center on Buck Jones Road in Cary.

Police arrested Benjamin Tanner Watts at the Jellybeans roller-skating rink on Buck Jones Road on Sunday evening after a chase that resulted in a felony charge and four misdemeanors, including driving while impaired.

Watts, 28, of 200 Woodcreek Drive in Cary, was charged with felony fleeing in a motor vehicle to elude arrest and with driving while impaired, resisting arrest, injury to real property and reckless driving to endanger.

Watts was arrested at the Jellybeans at 1120 Buck Jones Road at 5:12 p.m., according to an arrest report.

Police Officer John Maia said in an affidavit for the seizure of Watts’ car that Watt had failed to heed Maia’s lights and siren when Maia tried to stop him for careless and reckless driving.

In the parking lot at the rink, Maia said, Watts’ car made an “abrupt turn ... collided with a street light and a building in (an) attempt to evade.”

An open skating session at Jellybeans had ended at 5 p.m.

Watts was being held at the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail for a Monday court appearance.

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