Zebulon police arrest pickup truck driver after wild, two-county chase

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comNovember 5, 2013 

— A 60-year-old Wilson County man led police on a wild chase Friday morning after he reportedly tried to bash several customers and employees at a McDonald’s with a stick.

The chase ended in Nash County, where police disabled Dennis Carroll Bunn’s pickup truck by ramming into the vehicle near an elementary school.

Police expect to charge Bunn, of Sims, with assault with a deadly weapon and speeding to elude arrest. Zebulon Police Chief Timothy P. Hayworth said Friday afternoon that more charges may be filed.

Before officers took Bunn to jail, they transported him to WakeMed in Raleigh for a mental and physical evaluation, Hayworth said.

Someone dialed 911 just before 10 a.m. to report a man armed with a stick was trying to assault customers and employees at the McDonald’s on Wakelon Drive, Hayworth said. When police arrived, the man jumped into a Dodge pickup truck and fled, nearly striking a patrol car, Hayworth said.

Zebulon officers followed, with blue lights and sirens on, but the driver ignored their commands to stop and swerved toward one patrol car in an attempt to hit it, Hayworth said. On several occasions, the pickup nearly came to a complete stop and made a quick maneuver toward the pursuing police cars and officers before continuing to flee, Hayworth said.

The pickup truck traveled to U.S. 264 and continued east, moving erratically. The pickup truck exited U.S. 264 at N.C. 581 near Bailey and spun the truck around several more times, “narrowly missing police cars and passing motorists,” Hayworth said.

The pickup continued into Bailey and twice sped around a Dollar General store before zooming through a post office parking lot before heading back onto the street toward Bailey Elementary School. The pickup truck crashed over some barricades at the school’s entrance and made its way to the school’s bus drop-off area.

Police then decided to disable the pickup truck before the driver hurt himself or someone else on the school grounds, Hayworth said.

A Zebulon patrol car struck the pickup truck in the right rear corner, and the vehicle spun around.

“However, the truck being quite heavy was able to straighten back up and continued to flee,” Hayworth said in a news release.

The police maneuver damaged the pickup truck, and the fleeing vehicle stalled about a mile from the school, near the intersection of U.S. 264 Alternate and Pace Road, Hayworth said.

Police say Bunn continued to put up a fight while officers tried to take him into custody. Hayworth accused Bunn of attempting to assault police officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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