Crime

Biker charged after high-speed chase in Wake County

State troopers Wednesday night made public the name of a Willow Spring man who was injured after a high-speed chase on his motorcycle this week that ended when the bike crashed head-on into a Honda.

The motorcyclist, Scottie Lee Horne, 34, of 202 Black Creek Court, was released from WakeMed in Raleigh and transported to the Wake County jail, Sgt. Michael Baker, a State Highway Patrol spokesman, reported Tuesday night.

The driver of the Honda, Thomas Nelson, 31, of 1904 Edgeleaf Drive in Willow Spring, was not hurt in the collision, Baker reported.

Troopers have charged Horne with offenses including driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, speeding, reckless driving, fictitious license plate, no insurance, failure to register vehicle, driving wrong way on dual lane highway and felony speed to elude arrest, Baker reported.

The incident began about 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, Baker said, when a trooper attempted to stop a Suzuki motorcycle that was traveling 75 mph in a 45 mph zone on N.C. 42. The trooper turned on his blue lights and siren, turned around and attempted to stop the biker, Baker said.

The motorcyclist continued traveling on N.C. 42 toward Fuquay-Varina. The motorcycle then turned onto Hilltop Road and sped through a gas station parking lot at the intersection of Hilltop Road and U.S. 401, Baker said.

Horne drove the Suzuki south in a northbound lane of U.S. 401, where it struck a Honda head-on.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @tmcdona75589225

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