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Car club races, burnouts a ‘nuisance’ in Knightdale, police say

1 charged with striking police cruiser, fleeing

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KNIGHTDALE — The police chief has called the gatherings of car clubs a local nuisance after officers temporarily detained 147 club members accused of doing burnouts and drag racing earlier this month. 

On Friday, police arrested one car club member who they said crashed into a police cruiser with his car while trying to flee after police arrived to break up the gathering. 

“It is unfortunate that the reckless behavior of a few outliers cast a bad light on other reputable car clubs and their members,” Knightdale Police Chief Lawrence Capps said in a statement. “Nevertheless, the gathering of certain car clubs in our town is becoming a nuisance that will not be tolerated.”

Knightdale Police responded to a disturbance near Knightdale Boulevard and Parkstone Towne Boulevard shortly after midnight Friday, a release said. 

When officers arrived, they saw several vehicles associated with a local car club fleeing the area. An officer attempted to stop one of the drivers, but his cruiser was struck by the suspect’s vehicle in its attempt to escape, the release said. The officer was not injured.

The driver of that vehicle, Demarcus Dequan Davis, 25, of Zebulon, led police on a pursuit that ended near the intersection of I-540 and Buffaloe Road after he lost control of his vehicle, town officials said. 

He attempted to flee on foot but was later apprehended when Raleigh Police, Wake County Sheriff's Office and K-9 units responded to aid in the search, according to the release. 

Davis was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, resisting arrest, felony fleeing to elude and hit-and-run involving property damage. He was booked into the Wake County Detention Center under a $150,000 secured bond.

Knightdale police said it briefly detained 147 people earlier this month after discovering members of a local car club doing burnouts and drag racing in the Hinton Oaks Industrial complex. 

Police estimated there were thousands of dollars in damages to fencing and paved surfaces from that incident.

“These individuals are now on notice — if you come to Knightdale with the intent to do burnouts, race, damage personal property, assault my officers or jeopardize the safety of our citizens, expect to lose your car and take a slow ride to jail,” Capps said.