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Man hit police cars, led officers on chase through Winston-Salem, authorities say
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Man hit police cars, led officers on chase through Winston-Salem, authorities say

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Winston-Salem police arrested a man Wednesday after he led officers on a chase through the city’s southwestern section, authorities said. No injuries were reported.

Around noon, police and state probation and parole officers attempted to arrest James Isamu Stovall Jr., 31, of Johnsborough Court for probation violations, police said.

Stovall is accused to driving his car, a 2020 Toyota Camry, into two occupied police vehicles in the intersection of Free and Willow streets, according to an arrest warrant.

At the time, Officers J. H. Craig, M.D. Rochelle and Yasbic Medina attempted to stop Stovall’s car in the 1200 block of Free Street, police said.

The impact caused damage to the patrol cars, the warrant said.

Stovall then drove from the scene, and officers pursued him in their vehicles.

The pursuit spanned a number of streets, including Ebert Road, South Main Street, Silas Creek Parkway, Clemmonsville Road and Peters Creek Parkway, police said. Stovall is accused of driving recklessly and more than 15 mph over the speed limit, according to an arrest warrant.

During the chase, the vehicles reached speeds of 85 mph, said Kira Boyd, police spokeswoman. Nine police officers were involved in the pursuit.

The chase ended at the Sheetz gas station at 12290 N.C. 150 when the Camry’s driver pulled into the gas station and stopped, police said.

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Stovall is accused of failing to open his car door after the chase ended, another warrant said.

Officers broke the Camry’s window to arrest Stovall, the warrant said. Stovall also is accused of possessing metallic knuckles.

Stovall is charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, careless and reckless driving, fleeing to elude arrest and carrying a concealed weapon, police said.

Stovall also is charged misdemeanor resisting a public officer and with a probation violation.

Stovall is listed as an absconder from state parole supervision, according to a state correction record.

Stovall served one year and five months in prison from November 2019 to June 2020, the record shows. Stovall was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia in August 2018.

Stovall was being held Wednesday evening in the Forsyth County jail with his bond set at $100,000 on the assault, weapon and traffic offenses and no bond allowed on the probation violation charge, police said.

Stovall is scheduled to appear in court on July 1.

Anyone with information about the investigation can call Winston-Salem police at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800 or its Spanish line at 336-728-3904. Crime Stoppers of Winston-Salem Forsyth County also is on Facebook.

Anonymous text tips, photos and videos can be sent to Winston-Salem police at 336-276-1717.




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