DWI Suspect, With 2 Pending DWI Charges, Arrested Following Car Chase

CLEVELAND – A 34 year-old Johnston County man was arrested after he reportedly sped away from a traffic stop. At 1:27am Monday, a deputy sheriff pulled over the driver of a 2008 Honda Accord for speeding 69 mph in a 45 mph zone on Cleveland Road not far from NC Highway 42.

The Johnston County deputy approached the car and reportedly noticed a strong odor of alcohol. Before he could question the driver, the suspect sped away from the traffic stop.

The car traveled down Cleveland Road and then onto N. Shiloh Road reaching speeds of 75mph. The fleeing car began smoking and slowed to speeds between 30-35 mph before the vehicle stopped.

The driver, identified as Deangelo Antwane Ruffin of Josephine Road, Garner, allegedly jumped from the disabled car and began running down the dark roadway. Officers said Ruffin refused to comply with commands to stop running. A K-9 was used to detain the fleeing suspect. When officers attempted to place Ruffin in handcuffs he continued to resist arrest and was tased.

Ruffin was treated for the K-9 bite wounds then transported to the Johnston County Jail where he was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, driving while impaired, resisting a public officer, driving on a revoked license, reckless driving, and speeding.

At the time of the chase, authorities said Ruffin was out of jail on bond awaiting trial on two previous driving while impaired charges.

A magistrate set Ruffin’s bail at $200,000 on the combined charges from the Jan. 10th incident. Ruffin was held on an additional $240,000 bail for the two previous DWI charges. Combined his total bond was set at $440,000.

The Honda Accord he was operating was also seized.


    • I agree with you Meh. What gets me is that he was out on bail on TWO previous DWI charges when this occured! So thankful he didn’t injure someone. He had a revoked license but still decided to drive impaired at 1:30 in the morning while doing 67 in a 45. Too many bad choices to give him anymore chances.

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