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Littering leads to police chase, crash

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BAILEY — What started as a simple case of littering on Friday turned into a police chase, a crash and a lot of criminal charges for a Raleigh man.

“I had a subject throw out trash in front of me and I proceeded to make a traffic stop, at which time he fled,” said Middlesex Police Chief Mike Collins. “We had a chase through Middlesex and he crashed in Bailey.”

Antonio Marquez, 23, crashed at Main and O’Neal streets, causing about $2,500 in damage, said Bailey Police Chief Steve Boraski.

“I picked up the chase at Camp Charles and (U.S.) 264 heading toward Bailey,” Boraski said. “The suspect passed an 18-wheeler and a car on double lines heading into town. He ran the red light at Deans and Oak streets. He turned at Deans and O’Neal, and ran through a yard. He went to O’Neal and Main streets, tried to turn left and ended up in a ditch.”

Boraski charged Marquez with felony speeding to elude authorities, careless and reckless driving, passing on a double yellow line, running a red light, running a stop sign and two counts of damage to property. Oh, and littering.