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Knightdale man leads Wake Forest police on high-speed chase

A Knightdale man faces a number of charges after leading police on a chase through two counties Thursday morning.

On Jan. 29 around 10 a.m., Franklin County deputies attempted to serve Skylar Steven Blackley, 20, of 108 Grayson Court, Knightdale with a warrant for violating a domestic violence order.

Blackley fled in a blue 2007 Jeep Cherokee. Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies pursued the vehicle into Wake Forest where Wake Forest police joined the pursuit.

While traveling west along the NC 98 Bypass, Blackley tried to escape police by then traveling west in the eastbound lane.

An oncoming concrete truck overturned in an attempt to avoid a head-on collision with Blackley. The driver of the concrete truck was transported to WakeMed for observation.

Officers chased Blackley back into Franklin County when Blackley stopped on Holden Road, where he was taken into custody by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department without further incident.

Wake Forest police have charged Blackley 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.

Before the incident, he had five outstanding warrants total for violating a domestic violence order, two from Wake County and three from Franklin County, according to Franklin County Chief Deputy Terry Wright.

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