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Durham officer dragged during traffic stop

Posted November 6, 2008
Updated November 11, 2008

— Four men face charges after a police office was dragged about 100 yards during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon, according to the Durham Police Department.

Officer T.A. Stanhope was treated for minor injuries and released from Durham Regional Hospital Thursday evening. He was expected to return to full duty Friday, said Cpl. M.C. Walkowe.

Police stopped a vehicle, occupied by four men, for a traffic violation shortly before 3:30 p.m. at Ninth Street near West Main Street, near Duke University's East Campus.

As officers questioned the driver, a passenger jumped into the driver’s seat and started to drive away, dragging Stanhope with the vehicle.

As the vehicle went across the intersection toward Erwin Road, it ran up over a curb and into bushes. The car landed partially on its side, and all four occupants fled. Officers chased the four men on foot and apprehended them. Officers found burglary tools inside the vehicle.

Antonio Milligan, 22, of Owen Street, Kirk Chandler, 18, of Hepowil Trace in Hillsborough, Richard Jebb, 21, of Clarendon Street and Brandon Handy, 17, of Lebanon Road in Mebane were each charged with possession of burglary tools.

Milligan was also charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, one count of felony hit-and-run and one count of resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer. Jebb was also charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

At the time, Milligan was listed as an absconder from probation in Orange County by the state Department of Correction. He had been sentenced to 24 months probation in January for speeding to elude arrest and driving on a revoked license.

He served seven months in prison in 2007 for larceny and violating an earlier probation for drug possession with intent to sell.


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  • Just the facts mam Nov 7, 2008

    Glad the officer will be OK - will gladly pay taxes to keep people like this in jail!!!!

  • mramorak Nov 7, 2008

    i hope this fool antonio will be in jail for a long time now!

  • Common Sense Man Nov 7, 2008

    Milligan has been on the run for quite a while now. He runs every time he's wanted or is holding dope or a gun. Don't know if he's been charged, but he's been suspected of numerous armed robberies for several years.

  • whocares Nov 7, 2008

    Thank goodness the officer was not seriously injured. I have yet to figure why people, when they are stopped by the police, figure that the best thing is to run. If you are busted, you are busted and running is not going to help anybody, mostly not the runner as it just makes him/her look like he/she was guilty of something.

  • jlh4jdj Nov 7, 2008

    I agree if it looks like a dog and walks like a dog.... Thank you to the leo who put his life on the line. I hope that the one who decided to drive and drag the leo gets a harsh penlty as he must need so time out of society.

  • seankelly15 Nov 7, 2008

    This story is inaccurate. I was there and witnessed what happened. The car was on West Main (not near it) - it was near Ninth Street (not on it). Plus they have the car moving in the wrong direction - the car ended up in front of the Mill Building on Main - they were headed toward Anderson not Erwin road.

  • TarHeel Undergrad Nov 7, 2008


    It all has to do with the context in which they are possessing the tools. Crow-bars, hammers, screwdrivers, etc are all fine if they are being used for the correct purpose.

    If it is 2:00 am and you have them on your lap while driving through a quiet residential or industrial/commercial area, it becomes a little more suspicious.

  • Go_APPS Nov 7, 2008

    too bad these charges will be probably be plead down in order to get a few more "convictions" on someone's record... rather than on serving justice where it is due.

  • caroline422 Nov 7, 2008

    As my mamma would say "What were they thinking?!?!?!"

  • needmocash Nov 7, 2008

    what do burglar tools look like? What would make them any different from construction tools. I know these dummies jumped out and ran, but suppose they didn't. What kind of tools would they have needed to have to get charged with burglary tools?