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Police chase ends in multi-vehicle crash

Deputies: Driver reached 80 mph during pursuit

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WAKE FOREST — Five people were injured when a man accused of a hit-and-run in Raleigh fled deputies at 80 mph Wednesday afternoon and soon after crashed into multiple cars and motorcycles as he entered Wake Forest, authorities said.

The injured included a female child, two male motorcyclists and the suspect himself, according to Lt. B. Bowers with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office. A woman in one of the vehicles was also taken to a hospital. Their conditions and names were not immediately available.

No police vehicles were involved in the crash, Bowers said.

The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of South Main Street and Dr. Calvin Jones Highway. A portion of South Main Street north of the intersection was closed for about an hour.

According to Bowers, the suspect, Myron Armon Franks, 19, of Raleigh, was involved in a crash on Capital Boulevard near Durant Road. Franks fled that scene, Bowers said, and was seen shortly after by a patrol deputy, who pulled behind Franks and attempted to stop him.

Franks did not stop but instead led that deputy and one other on a chase that reached 80 mph, Bowers said. The speed limit in that area is as low as 35 mph, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation’s website.

The chase continued north on Capital Boulevard and turned right onto South Main Street before crashing at the Dr. Calvin Jones Highway intersection, Bowers said. Franks’ Acura passenger car struck two SUVs and two motorcycles.

He was arrested at the scene.

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office is charging Franks with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, felony speed to elude arrest, speeding 80 mph in a 35 mph zone, careless and reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

The Raleigh Police Department will bring additional charges in connection to the hit-and-run, Bowers said.

The Wake Forest Police Department is investigating the crash on South Main Street, he added.