Troopers arrest motorcycle driver who they charge led 150 mph chase

kjahner@newsobserver.comMarch 14, 2014 

David Christopher Pruitt

CCBI

— Authorities caught up to a 27-year-old Cleveland resident with several outstanding warrants who eluded Highway Patrol while reaching speeds of up to 150 mph on his motorcycle during a Dec. 30 chase through multiple areas including Garner.

Troopers charged David Christopher Pruitt of 7116 Kasey Dee Circle in Cleveland with seven misdemeanors and a speeding-to-elude felony charge. He was caught on Gorman Street in Raleigh on the afternoon of March 7, according to an arrest report.

From the chase, Trooper Jack L. Thorpe charged Pruitt with felony fleeing to elude for allegedly racing away on his Honda CBR motorcycle on Grovemont Road near Garner when Thorpe tried to pull him over for speeding. The bike has been recovered and seized, Thorpe said.

In an affidavit to seize the Honda, Thorpe said the chase that started down Grovemont and then Timber Drive in Garner happened when Pruitt “fled at a speed of 150 mph plus.”

Thorpe said the increasing wrecklessness of the driver led authorities to end the chase after about 20 miles.

Pruitt was also charged with speeding, reckless driving, having no insurance, not heeding the trooper’s lights and siren, driving with a revoked license, unsafe passing by crossing a yellow line, running a red light and disguising a license plate.

The altered plate hampered authorities’ ability to track down Pruitt, accounting for the two-plus months of investigating leads.

Pruitt also was charged with not appearing in court four times on other pending charges. Court records show he has been charged with misdemeanors for marijuana possession, communicating threats and cyberstalking.

Pruitt owns his residence in Cleveland according to property records, but was living in Garner when he was arrested.

Thorpe confirmed there was a second rider on the motorcycle during the December chase.

As of Thursday Pruitt remained at the Wake County Detention Center on $81,000 bond. His first court appearance was last Monday and his next will be March 24.

Pruitt has prior convictions stretching back to 2004 including larceny, DWI, drug possession, obtaining property under false pretenses and hit and run.

Jahner: 919-829-4822; Twitter: @garnercleveland

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