A U.S. Marshals Service vehicle and a drug suspect's car burned when they crashed during the man's arrest, federal officials said Friday.
The suspect, Askire Deshun Edwards, 37, ran from the scene after the crash, but was caught and arrested on warrants in which Chapel Hill police had charged him with possessing cocaine with the intent to sell it, selling and delivering the drug and multiple counts of selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a school.
The fire, which the marshals service said in a statement destroyed both vehicles, happened Wednesday afternoon at Hatch Road and Warren Court, southwest of Carrboro and south of N.C. 54, officials said.
Members of a Joint Fugitive Task Force from the state’s Middle District of the marshals service had been watching the area, saw Edwards driving a car and tried to stop it, Chief Deputy Marshal Chris Atwater said.
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Edwards drove his car into the vehicle driven by one of the federal deputies assigned to the task force, Atwater said.
No one was hurt by the crash. Marshals usually drive unmarked vehicles when looking for suspects, and officials did not identify what kind of vehicle the marshal was driving.
Edwards was taken to the Orange County Jail, posted $100,000 bail and was released. He was scheduled for a May 11 court appearance.
Officials said they planned to charge Edwards with assault with a deadly weapon on a government employee and with damaging government property because of the crash.
A marshals fugitive task force blends federal deputies with state, county and local law enforcement officers who jointly search for suspects wanted by agencies in a region.