Pursuit from Durham checkpoint leaves two hospitalized

From staff reportsJuly 21, 2013 

— Two Durham residents remained hospitalized Sunday, one in critical condition, after a car crash ended an alleged attempt to escape a police checkpoint, according to the state highway patrol and Duke Health.

Driving a 2013 Buick LaCrosse, Jeremy Reshad Spencer and his passenger approached a driver’s license check on Durham’s Roxboro Street at about 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Spencer took the vehicle into an abrupt U-turn just before the checkpoint, then fled down Roxboro Street with state troopers in pursuit, lights flashing and siren sounding, the highway patrol reports.

The car veered out of control soon after, striking a tree on the left shoulder of Duke Street near Leon Street, reports state. Spencer and his passenger, Shavonte Cousins of Durham, were taken to Duke University Medical Center; Spencer, the driver, was in critical condition on Sunday, while Cousins was in fair condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The highway patrol had no announcement Sunday regarding potential charges, or Spencer’s motivation for avoiding the checkpoint.

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