WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) — A Raleigh man faces several charges after failing to stop for a Wake County deputy, but not before a vehicle crash near the scene.
Deputies arrested 19-year-old Caleb Douglas Prescott who was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.
Deputies said that shortly after 8 p.m., a white Ford Focus driven by Prescott was observed crossing the double yellow line on Rock Service Station Road near Old Stage Road.
The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but after determining it was a safety issue, the chase was ended.
A few miles down on Old Stage Road, Douglas lost control and flipped his car, then got out and tried to run away, deputies said.
As Prescott fled down Rock Service Station Road, deputies said that a vehicle driven by a woman going the opposite direction tried to avoid Prescott and ended up crashing into a ditch. The woman was not hurt.
K-9 responded and begun a track through the woods when Prescott returned to the scene to turn himself in.
That decision to call-off the pursuit is in line with Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker’s decision to revise the agency’s chase policy, which has resulted in a reduction in reported crashes and injuries involving deputies and innocent motorists, due to the negligence of fleeing motorists.
“In the past, supervisors were discouraged to call off pursuits, which meant that you could put deputies and citizens at greater risk than necessary,” said Sheriff Baker. “The revised policy, which was used in this incident, resulted in none of our deputies or bystanders getting hurt. This was a fortunate conclusion of what could have turned tragic.”
“It could’ve been a whole lot worse,” an investigator at the scene told CBS 17.
Prescott was taken into custody and transported to the Wake County Detention Center.
The State Highway Patrol is investigating both motor vehicle crashes.