According to police, Richardson, who was driving a Chevy Impala, was stopped by Wake Forest police after they ran the tag number of the car and learned the owner's driver's license had expired. The reason for running the tag number was not reported. Officers ran Richardson's ID and learned that he was not the owner of the car, did not have a valid driver's license and had two outstanding warrants, one for felony fleeing to elude and the other for misdemeanor resisting a public officer. As officers went back to the car to arrest Richardson, he sped off. During the chase, he lost control of the vehicle and struck an oncoming minivan head on. The driver of the van, was transported to a hospital with injuries.