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Man hurt in wreck after chase with Raleigh police

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A man who led police in Raleigh and Garner on a chase has been hurt in a wreck on Interstate 40.

Thirty-five-year-old Steve Earl Purnell was taken to WakeMed hospital Tuesday afternoon for treatment.

Police have charged Purnell with assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, felony speeding to elude arrest, driving with a revoked license and speeding.

Highway Patrol Trooper J.C. Manning says the man fleeing police was traveling about 100 mph when he ran off the road, struck a ditch and flipped over.

Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said an officer spotted the man's car and determined that he had outstanding warrants. Sughrue says the man sped away when the officer tried to arrest him.

It was not clear if Purnell has a lawyer.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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