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Brief chase in Durham ends in one-car wreck

Posted August 7, 2008

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— A man attempting to outrun Durham County Sheriff's deputies ran off the road and into a utility pole Wednesday night.

Samuel Trice, 38, was pulled over at the intersection of Ellis Road and Pettigrew Street for a burnt out light over his license plate at about 10 p.m., a sheriff's office spokesman said.

Upon checking Trice's license, deputies found that it had expired and that he was wanted for failure to pay child support. When a deputy asked Trice to step out of the car, he yelled, "Oh, hell no!" and sped away.

Deputies believe Trice lost control of the car. It swerved off the right side of the road and into a pole 45 seconds later. The North Carolina Highway Patrol estimated Trice's speed at impact at 95 mph.

Trice was taken to Duke Hospital where he was listed in serious condition on Thursday afternoon.

Upon his release from the hospital, Trice faces charged of fleeing to elude, failure to stop for blue lights and siren, driving with a revoked license and possession of marijuana.

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  • Sweet Butterfly Kisses Aug 7, 2008

    With the resisting "comment"...Just toooo Funny! Love Ya LEO's..Thanks For All you do!

  • mw Aug 7, 2008

    needmo, trb and dog are correct. courts have heard this matter and agreed. i don't have time now to look them up for you tho, sorry. also, dacoty, in this incident, it got a low life, deadbeat dad in the clink, huh?

  • LocalBoy Aug 7, 2008

    What kind of things do officers find during traffic stops? Let's see. Guns, felons, drugs, evidence from other crimes. Some of my best arrests have come from minor infractions. Like it or not it keeps some of the criminals off the street. Deal with it.

  • dacoty Aug 7, 2008

    how do you respect anyone that pulls people over for burnt out license plate lights? talk about fishing for perps. you'd think there would be enough to do, right?

  • DOG Aug 7, 2008

    needmocash/ If they get a hit they don't need an excuse. You need to think before you type.

  • GasHogg69 Aug 7, 2008

    I don't think cops should be able to pull people over for minor issues -- this is not in the spirit of the 4th amendment.

    He probably knew they would search his car and find the Mary Jane. If we had sane drug laws like Barney Frank has proposed (decriminalize pot), he wouldn't have been terrified at the real prospect of a bankrupting legal process ending in a ridiculous prison sentence.

    So he decided to chance it -- I wish sometimes people could get away -- it's like on nature shows, sometimes you want the gazelle to escape the tiger!!

  • TRB2871 Aug 7, 2008

    Cops don't need a reason to run anyone's license plate. Your license plate belongs to the State of North Carolina, it's not yours. If you're on the road they can run your plate. They do need a reason (infraction/misdemeanor/felony) to pull you over though. If they run your plate and find out you're wanted that is all they need to pull you over and arrest you.

  • Just the facts mam Aug 7, 2008

    What is wrong with the culture of these people? I was brought up to respect the police and do what they say - why do they try to run from the police? Now he has a smashed up car (luckily he did not kill an innocent person) and has more charges than when he started...

  • needmocash Aug 7, 2008

    Cops pull up behind shady looking folks and run their car tags all the time. If they get a hit, they follow you until they have an excuse to pull you over. If you don't have a light out, you will after you get pulled over....if you know what I mean.

  • johnny2times Aug 7, 2008

    If you run from the police, your gona go to jail tired.

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