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Union Ridge man arrested after ramming two sheriff’s cars


A 20-year-old Union Ridge man faces ten charges (including four felonies) after allegedly ramming the cars of two different deputies Wednesday night.

James Lee Yancey Markley, white, male, 20 of 6569 Union Ridge Road, Burlington was arrested after the second collision, which took place in the parking lot of the Union Chapel United Church of Christ.

The episode began after deputies responded to a “Check Well Being” call in the 6500 block of Union Ridge Road in northern Alamance County around 8:20 p.m.  While they were attempting to check the status of the individual, Markley left the residence in his vehicle, hitting a deputy’s patrol car on the way out of the driveway.  Markley did not stop and fled the scene.

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Deputies pursued him south on Union Ridge Road.  During the pursuit, they observed him speeding and driving in a reckless manner. As Markley approached the intersection of Union Ridge Road and Jeffries Cross Road, he swerved off the road, narrowly missing several church signs in the intersection.  He then hit several road signs in the same intersection.

He then drove into the parking lot of Union Chapel United Church of Christ, 5087 Union Ridge Road, where he rammed a second deputy’s patrol car.  He was stopped, allowing deputies to arrest him.

Markley is currently being held on $50,000 bond at the Alamance County Detention Center, where he faces numerous charges stemming from his alleged actions Wednesday night:

2cts: Felony Assault with Deadly Weapon on Emergency Personnel;

1ct:   Felony Flee to Elude;

1ct:   Misdemeanor Resist Delay and Obstruct;

1ct:   Misdemeanor Carrying a Concealed Weapon (gun);

1ct:   Citation Driving While Impaired ;

1ct:   Felony Assault on a Government Official;

1ct:   Citation Reckless Driving;

1ct:   Citation Hit and Run From a Scene Causing Property Damage; and

1ct:   Citation Failure to Heed Emergency Lights and Sirens.


All details on suspect, his charges, and mug shot  are based on information released by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office.

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