Deputies search for suspects after car chase

From staff reportsDecember 31, 2012 

— Durham County Sheriff’s deputies have located a car used to evade deputies early Monday morning through the streets of Durham but are still looking for the driver and passenger who were in the vehicle.

The owner of the 2009 Nissan Maxima is not a suspect. Deputies reported the vehicle was driven by two black men, one of whom was wearing a red hat, red shoes and a black hoodie with the words “flipping the bird” lettered in white.

The chase began around 9:30 a.m. near N. Roxboro Street and Sandlewood Drive after a marked police cruiser attempted to stop the Nissan when it was seen traveling at dangerously high speeds on U.S. 501.

The suspects veered onto N. Duke Street and deputies set up stop sticks to puncture the car’s tires where N. Duke Street intersects with Leon Street. When the driver saw them laying out the stop sticks, he slammed on brakes, causing the pursuing sheriff’s cruiser to rear-end the Nissan.

Both vehicles continued the chase, but the pursuing deputy lost control of his cruiser at the intersection of W. Murray Avenue and Wilbon Street and collided with a utility pole.

The deputy was not injured in the crash, but the suspects were able to escape. Their car was located at 12:18 p.m. and impounded in accordance with “Run and You’re Done” laws.

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