Crime

Deputy injured in crash during pursuit

A Durham sheriff's deputy is in stable condition after his car flipped into a ditch while he and another officer were pursuing a breaking-and-entering suspect about 12:30 p.m. today, said Lt. Tim Deck of the sheriff's department.

Deputy Jason Brooks suffered cuts on his face and bruises and was taken to Duke Hospitals, Deck said.

Brooks and another deputy in a second cruiser were traveling south on Midland Terrace in pursuit of a primer-gray Chevrolet Monte Carlo when Brooks's vehicle went off the road to the right. He overcorrected, and his cruiser flipped into a ditch on the left side of the road, Deck said.

About 30 law officers and firefighters responded to the accident. Brooks was trapped in the vehicle for about 10 minutes before firefighters were able to get him out, Deck said.

The suspect Brooks was pursuing is still at large.

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