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Durham ALE chase ends in wreck, brief power outage

Posted May 17, 2012
Updated May 18, 2012

— A man was injured in Durham Thursday night after he fled from Alcohol Law Enforcement agents and lead them on a chase down North Miami Boulevard, police said. 

The chase ended when the man crashed into an electrical pole near the intersection with Robinhood Road. Damage to the pole knocked out power to several nearby homes for a short time, police said.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Duke University Hospital after being cut out of his Chrevolet Tahoe by rescuers. There was no word on his condition early Friday.

North Miami Boulevard was closed between Guthrie Avenue and Robinhood Road while authorities were at the scene.

No other information, including what prompted the chase, was released.


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  • yellow_hat May 18, 2012

    ALE is a huge waste of resources. Take that money & hire real cops. Hassling frat boys should not be a "career".

  • ladyblue May 18, 2012

    thank goodness it was only a telephone pole hit. wonder why they don't want to realease info on this as to who it was they were chasing?

  • Hans May 18, 2012

    "ALE" (alleged law enforcement) - WHEEL

    HA HA! Nice! Haven't heard that one before.

  • disgusted2010 May 18, 2012

    Didn't take the haters long to come out.

  • soldier May 18, 2012

    Give the ALE boys a break. They never get to have any fun. All they do is harass bartenders. Once every few years or so they get to actually draw their guns and have a chase. Even Barney got to take his bullet out of his shirt pocket every now and then.

  • thepeopleschamp May 18, 2012

    "The story is that it's a lot smarter and safer to radio ahead instead in stead of playing "Dukes of Hazard" in areas densely populated by innocent bystanders." fayncmike

    Spoken like someone who truely has zero real experience. 2 points;m 1) in the real world there is not always another patrol car magically in the direction the suspect is going. 2) if the suspect is not stopping for the car behind him, what makes you think he'll stop for the car that might be ahead of him? Not all patrol cars have stop sticks, nor do they have magic nets to shoot over the supect when he runs. The same people that say "don't car chase" are the same that say "don't force entry into a house, wait for them to come out and stop them in a car". I guess in your world police should wait for criminals to turn themselves in at the police station.

  • Hans May 18, 2012

    "Also we learned that ncouterbanks69 slept through his physics classes." - fayncmike

    Shoot, who didn't?

  • fayncmike May 18, 2012

    "is there a story somewhere here?

    Yes there is a story here. The story is that it's a lot smarter and safer to radio ahead instead in stead of playing "Dukes of Hazard" in areas densely populated by innocent bystanders. Also we learned that ncouterbanks69 slept through his physics classes.

  • yankee1 May 18, 2012

    Little scarce on details after more than 9 hours or so aren't we? Wonder why that is? Is it 'cause it's Durham? What could that mean?

  • tayled May 18, 2012

    The person who caused this chase, and the resulting damage, should pay an impact fee for the repairs. If they cannot pay in cash, their assets should be seized until the costs of the resulting repairs are defrayed.