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Authorities: Man tried to flee twice in one night

Posted August 4, 2010

— State troopers arrested a 46-year-old Durham man they say twice sped away from authorities who tried to pull him over Tuesday evening.

A state trooper clocked an F-150 pickup truck going 68 mph in a 35 mph zone on Miami Bouelvard, near Raynor Street, around 9:45 p.m. The driver – identified by troopers as Tony Edward Poole – refused to stop and lead the trooper on a brief chase that ended at Blackwell and Pettigrew streets.

Troopers said they determined that Poole had fled from a Durham police officer who tried to pull him over earlier Tuesday evening.

Poole was charged with driving while impaired, felony fleeing and attempting to elude arrest, failure to stop for blue lights and a siren, speeding and careless and reckless driving. He was also served four outstanding warrants for charges including assault on a female.

Poole was placed in the Durham County jail under a $7,500 bond.

Poole was previously convicted of DWI in 2009 and 1994 and of driving under the influence in 1982, according to state Department of Correction records. He was also convicted of speeding to elude arrest in 2007.

DOC record show that he also has previous convictions for assault by pointing a gun and assault on a public official.


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  • flapy Aug 4, 2010

    A $7,500 bond is way too low especially for this guy, all the other felony speed to elude arrests have been much higher.

  • Mommyoftwo Aug 4, 2010

    What a stand up guy this one is!
    DiamonDiva - I don't think the officer was able to get him the first time around which is why he wasn't arrested then. Sounds like he was able to elude the policeman that time around.

    I just wonder if he'll get jail time this time around or will he just get in his car and drive to the nearest bar when the court hearing is over. I'm betting the latter!

  • Sherlock Aug 4, 2010

    Why such a low bond, he's a frequent flyer.

  • DiamonDiva813 Aug 4, 2010

    So I'm confused, if he had been pulled over earlier and tried to flee, why wasn't he in jail for eluding an officer? And help me understand how all these violent people who drink and drive get in and out of jail so quickly but you will arrest someone for possession of marijuana/cocaine/crack and give them no bond and sentence them to life in prison for a first time offense??? How does that work? DWI and DUI offenders kill innocent people who didn't ask to be run down but people who smoke and sniff drugs voluntarily kill themselves!

  • twc Aug 4, 2010

    Another REPEAT DWI offender working his way through the system until he finally kills some innocent family on the highway.

    THEN his bond will be higher!

  • mulecitybabe Aug 4, 2010

    It's pointless to comment on the bails that are set in this state. Just the four outstanding warrants alone ought to put his bail over $7500. He's probably reading this from the comfort of his own house (or some female's with a fat bank account and a low IQ).

  • Lead by Example Aug 4, 2010

    Max sentence, max sentence!!!

  • cth1 Aug 4, 2010

    $7,500 bond for all that?? What a joke! Guess he'll be out by the end of the day and driving drunk AGAIN!! Just hope he doesn't kill someone this time!! And...look out gals that have charges of assault pending against him... he may come back to finish what was started!!

  • Suasponte Aug 4, 2010

    I didn't notice a Driving While License Permanently Revoked charge. Must have been a typo.

  • lrfarms27572 Aug 4, 2010

    Seems to be a pattern here...