Drug suspect accused of ramming Sheriff's Office car

1 deputy suffered minor injury

DARE COUNTY - Investigators have arrested a drug suspect accused of ramming a Sheriff's Office vehicle and injuring a deputy during a chase.

David Allen Lee, 26, of Manteo in Dare County, was arrested Wednesday evening.

According to the Dare County Sheriff's Office, it all started at about 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, when members of the Narcotics Task Force were conducting an investigation in the Wanchese community.

As a part of the investigation, deputies tried to stop a vehicle near Old Wharf Road, the Sheriff's Office said. But the driver --Lee-- refused to stop and sped from Wanchese on Highway 345 toward the intersection of U.S. 64, said investigators.

Deputies pursued Lee's vehicle across the bridges on the Nags Head Causeway to the 64/158/NC12 intersection at Whalebone, where the suspect turned north on 158, said the Sheriff's Office. The vehicle then reversed direction near the Dairy Queen in Nags Head and rammed a Sheriff's Office vehicle in an attempt to escape, investigators explained.

Deputies said they pinned Lee's vehicle between them, stopping it in a vacant lot next to the Dairy Queen. Lee was then arrested.

The suspect was not hurt and no one else was in his vehicle, according to the Sheriff's Office.

One deputy suffered a minor injury, but did not require immediate medical treatment.

Lee is being held in the Dare County Detention Center under a $185,000 bond on 24 charges, including:

Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill (Felony);
Sell or deliver heroin (2 counts, F);
Possession with the intent to manufacture/sell or deliver heroin (2 counts, F);
Resist public officer (9 counts, Misdemeanor);
Flee or elude arrest with motor vehicle (F);
Damage to personal property (M);
Speeding (2 counts);
Six other motor vehicle violations.

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