Sunday, April 14

RCSO: Man Arrested After Shooting at Home and Leading Police High-Speed Chase

TRINITY N.C. – A man who fired a gun at a residence after an argument and then lead police on a high-speed pursuit was arrested over the weekend according to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

On July 23, 2023, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office responded to Thayer Rd., Trinity, in reference to an armed person who had fired a gun at a residence following an altercation.

While deputies were responding, the caller told 9-1-1 the suspect had left and returned.

When the deputies arrived, they say they were able to hear voices on the front porch of the residence and as they approached, they heard a passenger car drive off at a high rate of speed south on Thayer Rd.

The victims identified the driver of the vehicle that sped off as the same person who had fired at the residence.

Sheriff’s Office units pursued the vehicle and tried to pull over the driver on a traffic stop but the driver refused to stop and accelerated to well over the speed limit, committing multiple traffic violations. 

The pursuit ended after the driver suddenly slowed and pulled to the shoulder near the intersection of Cashatt Rd. and Thayer Rd. 

The male subject, later identified by the Sheriff’s Office as 20-year-old Donnie James Gray, complied with all commands, and was taken into custody.

A firearm was not located during the search. Gray consented to testing for alcohol as the odor was emitting from his breath.  

Gray was transported to the Randolph County Jail where the magistrate found probable cause for felony fleeing charges as well as multiple traffic violations and other criminal charges.

Donnie James Gray

Donnie James Gray

  • Felony flee/elude arrest with a motor vehicle
  • Driving while license revoked (impaired revoked)
  • Speeding (80 in a 55)
  • Reckless driving to endanger
  • Open container alcohol violation
  • Stop sign violation
  • Unsafe passing

The magistrate issued a $7,500 secured bond and a first appearance was set for July 24, 2023.