Suspect who died eluding police had prior drug charges

08/04/2014 8:25 AM

08/04/2014 2:45 PM

The man killed in a Friday night accident while apparently attempting to flee police had drug arrests and subsequent convictions dating to 2010.

Angel Luis Santana was behind the wheel of a 1995 Chevy Impala traveling at an estimated 120 mph when it crashed head-on into a Raleigh woman’s car. Santana and the driver of the other car, Tamara Lou White, 55, of Raleigh, both died.

Dating to the late 1990s, Santana, 54, of Henderson has a 22-page criminal history across Vance, Granville, Franklin, Durham and Guilford counties. The vast majority of the offenses are traffic related, including speeding, driving while license revoked, no operator’s license and driving while impaired, according to state records.

Drug convictions started appearing on Santana’s record in 2010, when he was charged with felony possession of narcotics in Vance County. He was convicted of a lesser offense, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, state records show.

One year later, he was sentenced to five weekends at the Vance County jail after he violated his probation following another charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. In 2013, he was charged again with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in Granville County.

Santana was sentenced to six months probation and ordered to undergo a substance abuse assessment and to comply with any treatment, state records show.

Durham police say that at 6:15 p.m. Friday, officials with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration requested that they pull over the car Santana was driving on N.C. 98.

The Impala stopped briefly, then sped off, police said. Troopers and Durham police said they did not chase the vehicle.

The Impala crossed the center line on Patterson Road and crashed into White’s car, according to the State Highway Patrol’s accident report. The Impala then kept moving north, crossed the center line again, bounced off a culvert and stopped on the shoulder of Patterson Road.

Records show that Wake Forest police had arrested Santana in March for not keeping a court date involving tickets for speeding and driving with a revoked license.

Santana also was to have appeared in court Friday in Durham County on tickets for driving with a revoked license and driving a car with an expired license tag. And he was to appear in Guilford County court on Sept. 9 on tickets for speeding and driving with a revoked license.

A man who answered the door of White’s home in Raleigh declined to comment Monday.

Staff writer Ron Gallagher contributed to this report.

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