RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A police chase came to an end in a crash that involved two Wake County law enforcement vehicles on U.S. 401 Saturday afternoon and a man is facing charges in two counties and from three law enforcement agencies.
The chase began in Franklin County, where Sheriff Kent Winstead said deputies attempted to pull over William Stephany Jr., 38, for careless and reckless driving.
Stephany refused to stop and was followed by Franklin County troopers until he entered Wake County.
The chase continued until a collision near Spring Forest Road just before 4 p.m.
A video taken by Davon Daquelente showed Stephany slamming his truck in reverse and plowing in to law enforcement vehicles nearby.
The southbound lanes of U.S. 401/Louisburg Road near Spring Forest Road were closed while authorities investigated.
Heather Stromberg said she ended up right in the middle of everything on Louisburg Road.
She said Stephany came up behind her on Louisburg Road and stayed behind her until he clipped her car as he attempted to turn left.
She said she then pulled over to the side of the road.
“All the sudden I heard, ‘Get out of the car!’ and he tried to turn the car around again and I heard his tires start squealing,” Stromberg said. “It was unbelievable to see them (officers) jump up on that car and dive in that window. That was amazing.”
Stephany was taken to WakeMed with minor injuries, including a broken arm. He was arrested and charged after he was released from the hospital.
He was charged in Franklin County with careless and reckless driving and felony speeding to elude officers. The Wake County Sheriff’s Office is charging him with assault with a deadly weapon, North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers are charging him with DWI, and charges are pending in Wake Forest, Winstead said.
No members of the sheriff’s office were injured in the incident, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.
Stephany is currently being held in Franklin County Jail under a $160,000 bond.