Update: The Dr. Calvin Jones Highway (N.C. Bypass) is expected to be open by noon, according to Wake Forest Police.
by Clellie Allen
WAKE FOREST — A Knightdale man wanted on five outstanding warrants for domestic violence has been arrested after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase that resulted in an overturned concrete truck near the intersection of the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway/(N.C 98 Bypass) and South Main Street.
Chief Terry Wright with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said at about 10 a.m. this morning, a deputy traveling on Robbins Road in Youngsville spotted Skylar Steven Blackley’s, blue-colored 2007 Jeep Cherokee traveling in the opposite direction. Blackley, 20, 108 Grayson Court, Knightdale, was wanted on five outstanding warrants for domestic violence, three out of Franklin County and two out of Wake County.
The deputy turned around to make a traffic stop when Blackey “decided to run” with the deputy giving chase.
According to Wright, Blackley went down Bob Richards Road, ran the stop sign at Bethlehem Church Road, continued down Darius Pearce Road, did not stop at the intersection of Darius Pearce and U.S. 401 or at N.C. 98 and Sid Eaves Road.
The chase then turned west down N.C. 98 into Wake Forest and continued on the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway (N.C. 98 Bypass), with Wake Forest Police joining the pursuit.
Blackley attempted to evade officers by driving the wrong way on the eastbound lanes of Dr. Calvin Jones Highway, and a cement truck approaching the intersection of South Main Street, from Siena Drive, swerved to avoid a head-on collision, causing the cement truck to flip on its side.
The pursuit of Blackley continued north on Capitol Boulevard and then east on Holden Road toward Youngsville, before Blackley stopped in front of Faith Baptist Church, 249 Holden Road. He was arrested by Franklin County Deputies. Deputies had anticipated the chase continuing and placed spike strips near the Hess gas station in Youngsville, but they were not needed as Blackley stopped on his own, Wright said.
Wright said Blackley is currently cited by the Franklin County Sheriff's office with two counts of running stop signs, two counts of failure to stop at a red light, one count of passing in a no passing zone and one count of speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour.
The Sheriff’s Office is also seeking arrest warrants for careless and reckless driving, felony fleeing to elude arrest and driving while license revoked. Blackley is currently being questioned by the magistrate and bond has not been set.
A passenger in Blackley's vehicle was also arrested. Nicholas Antonio Burnette, 33, has been charged on an outstanding warrant for driving while license revoked.
A written statement from Wake Forest Police says they have charged Blackley with speeding, red light violation, driving the wrong way on a dual lane highway, felony hit and run and careless and reckless driving.
Wright said everyone was very lucky that the overturned cement truck was the only crash (to his knowledge) caused by Blackley’s attempt to escape.
“He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to recover,” Wright said.