Durham man arrested on gun, drug charges after three-mile chase

From staff reportsApril 11, 2014 

Rashad Ahmad Adams: 4/10/2014. Charged with: FLEE/ELUDE ARREST W/MV (F). POSSESSION OF FIREARM BY FELON. POSSESS STOLEN FIREARM. POSS W/I MANUF/SELL/DEL MARIJUANA. MAINTAIN VEHICLE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. POSSESS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.

— A Durham man led sheriff’s deputies on a chase that ended in a crash and his arrest Thursday evening, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.

Rashad Ahmad Adams, 24, refused to stop his car as deputies pursued him near the intersection of N.C. 98 and Lynn Road just past 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the sheriff’s office. The chase topped out at about 80 mph, deputies said.

The vehicle pursuit ended about three miles away, at the intersection of Holder Road and Broach Road, with a crash that damaged Adams’ car and injured no one, according to the sheriff’s office.

Adams then ran into nearby woods, where he evaded arrest for eight minutes until he tried to leave the trees near the 1100 block of Pennock Road, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies had been searching for Adams, of 110 Adlett Lane, as part of an investigation into the sale of narcotics and stolen firearms, according to the sheriff’s office.

After the chase, he was charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle; maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of selling, delivering or manufacturing a controlled substance; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a stolen firearm; possession of a firearm by a felon, and resisting arrest.

Adams also was served with two outstanding warrants for speeding and driving with a revoked license. He was charged in January 2011 by sheriff’s deputies with the murder of James Warren Holsclaw, 21, but that charge was dismissed later that year, according to the sheriff’s office.

Adams was held Friday under $251,000 bail in the Durham County jail, according to county records.

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