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2 Arrested After Car Chase, Drive-by

Posted February 4, 2008

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— Durham police arrested two men after a car chase in which the suspects allegedly shot at other vehicles early Monday.

Officers found several people fighting in a parking lot at Rumba 54, 2223 N.C. Highway 54 East, around 2 a.m. As officers tried to break up the fight, a black Chrysler 300 sped from the parking lot, almost hitting one officer, and west on N.C. 54.

The Chrysler rammed a car stopped in traffic and then turned onto N.C. Highway 55. An officer stopped at that light heard several gunshots and saw a man inside the Chrysler fire several shots at vehicles stopped in traffic.

The officer turned around and tried to stop the Chrysler, but the driver refused to pull over and sped north on N.C. 55.

The Chrysler ran a red light at Meridian Parkway and struck a gray Cadillac. The Chrysler turned onto Carpenter Fletcher Road and slid down an embankment on the right side of the road.

No one was injured in the shooting, but the occupants of the Cadillac suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Police arrested the driver of the Chrysler, Rayvon Deshawn Jenkins, 25, of Taylor Street, and his passenger, Ronald Edward Goldsmith Jr., 27, of Concord Street. Officers recovered a handgun and marijuana from the Chrysler.

Goldsmith was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of marijuana.

Jenkins was charged with felony speeding to elude, felony hit-and run, possession of marijuana, careless and reckless driving, speeding and running a red light.

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  • tryton77 Feb 5, 2008

    "Goldsmith was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits"
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    How did this person not get charged with several counts off attempted murder + shooting into a occupied vehicles + reckless endangerment w/ a firearm.
    The Driver should have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon(the car)also.
    This is WHY these people get off easy, no wonder they are back on the street in a few years.

  • willis2 Feb 5, 2008

    Let's see - felons with guns. That's a federal crime. Durham might even make them post bonds.

  • thugsnightmare Feb 5, 2008

    Oxygen thieves!

  • puddinghead Feb 5, 2008

    It's like this in every city you go to people. That's why I carry a pistol with me. Click-click.

  • duster 340 Feb 5, 2008

    The Chrysler rammed a car stopped in traffic and then turned onto N.C. Highway 55. An officer stopped at that light heard several gunshots and saw a man inside the Chrysler fire several shots at vehicles stopped in traffic.
    They will be back on the street again and to soon ! Thanks God no one was killed should they be charge for trying to kill or do we have to wait till a person is hit by a gun shoot to make this a charge ?

  • 68_polara Feb 5, 2008

    That's it, if I didn't have my CCW I'd have to move out of this town!

  • 68_polara Feb 5, 2008

    They'll be back on the street with in two days. It's getting bad around here.

  • 68_polara Feb 5, 2008

    Ya, mramorak that's their problem.

  • mramorak Feb 5, 2008

    will someone give these folk a job please!