Rockingham County man arrested after high-speed chase, striking deputy’s car


Jimmy Lee Strader

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RUFFIN, N.C. — A man is in custody accused of leading a deputy on a high speed chase and striking the deputy’s car over the weekend.

Jimmy Lee Strader, 23, of Reidsville, is charged with resisting/delaying/obstructing an officer, injury to personal property, felonious fleeing to elude arrest, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, driving with no operator’s license and driving while impaired.

On Saturday at about 2:05 a.m., Deputy C.T. Underwood was on routine patrol on U.S. 29 Business when he witnessed a red 2011 Toyota Tacoma driving erratically and in the wrong lane of travel.

Underwood attempted to stop the vehicle, operated by Strader, but the vehicle sped off attempting to flee.

The chase reached speeds in excess of 100 mph at times and at one point Strader rammed Underwood’s patrol car in an attempt to run him off the road. Underwood was not injured but the patrol car sustained moderate damage.

Strader was located a short time later hiding in the vehicle, which was stuck in the woods about a mile off the roadway near Worsham Mill Road and Trailer Drive in Ruffin.

Strader was placed in the Rockingham County Jail under a $102,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 17.

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