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Roxboro man faces attempted murder charges after Durham chase

Andrew Thomas Porterfield of Roxboro was charged with DWI, felony flee to elude, two counts of injury to personal property, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and three counts of attempted first degree murder.
Andrew Thomas Porterfield of Roxboro was charged with DWI, felony flee to elude, two counts of injury to personal property, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and three counts of attempted first degree murder.

A Roxboro man faces a host of charges, including three counts of attempted first-degree murder, after he was accused of throwing a bottle out the window of his Ford Ranger pick-up truck at a Durham County sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car and leading him on a high-speed chase.

Andrew Thomas Porterfield, 27, was driving north on U.S. 15-501 near Goodwin Road just before midnight Friday when he passed a sheriff’s deputy in a marked patrol car, according to the sheriff’s office. As Porterfield went by, a brown glass bottle that he threw from the driver’s side window landed in front of the patrol car, the sheriff’s office said.

With blue lights and siren on, the deputy pursued Porterfield at a high rate of speed north on 15-501. After about 4 miles, they came upon another sheriff’s deputy’s car and a State Highway Patrol cruiser that had made a traffic stop near John Jones Road. Porterfield’s truck hit the back of the parked deputy’s car, which then struck the cruiser, according to the sheriff’s office.

In addition to attempted first-degree murder, Porterfield, of 221 Lake Drive in Roxboro, was charged with DWI, felony flee to elude, two counts of injury to personal property and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official. The attempted murder charges relate to the deputy in the parked car and the state trooper and a civilian who were in the parked cruiser.

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