A Raleigh teenager faces several charges after he led Wake County deputies on a short chase Thursday evening before crashing his vehicle.
Deputies arrested 19-year-old Caleb Douglas Prescott who faces charges including fleeing to elude arrest and reckless driving.
Shortly after 8pm, a deputy was patrolling on Rock Service Station Road, when he observed the driver of a white Ford Focus operating in a careless and reckless manner. When the deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the driver sped away. As the teen suspect continued to flee the area, a motorist travelling in the opposite direction, swerved to avoid a collision with Prescott and crashed into a ditch.
Considering road conditions and public safety, the pursuit was quickly terminated by a Wake County Sheriff’s Office supervisor. A short time later, witnesses reported that the vehicle that fled from deputies had crashed and that the driver fled from the scene on foot.
K-9 responded and began tracking the suspect through the woods. That’s when Prescott reportedly returned to the scene to turn himself in. The State Highway Patrol is investigating both motor vehicule accidents.
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.”
Prescott was taken into custody and transported to the Wake County Detention Center.