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Durham police chase suspected shoplifter

Posted October 16, 2009

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— A suspected shoplifter attempting to evade police caused two wrecks in Durham Friday before he was caught, police said.

The suspect, whom police did not identify, ran from the Rugged Warehouse on Westgate Drive. Officers in the area chased him on foot, but he got in a car and drove out of the parking lot, hitting one car along the way, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

He drove approximately 50 more yards on University Drive before colliding with a vehicle at Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

The suspect had a cut on his head and was taken to Duke hospitals for treatment. No one else was injured.

Police blocked off the access to Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway while a work crew replaced a damaged signal pole. The area was re-opened to traffic before 4 p.m.

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  • dazrite Oct 16, 2009

    two wrecks...resulting from a police chase. Why didn't they just shoot him? and his grandma?

  • Thought Criminal WS Oct 16, 2009

    Raleigh's crime gets downplayed so it remians the capital and lure to the state. Besides, with the "artwork" downtown making people so happy crime has all but vanished.

  • Fredrick Bimmell Oct 16, 2009

    I saw the aftermath of this wreck ..... the cars involved were destroyed. Scary how dangerous stupidity is

  • angora2 Oct 16, 2009

    Don't know what this guy stole, but he's in a lot more trouble now than he was to begin with!

  • Me again Oct 16, 2009

    fatchanceimwrong: You left out Raleigh. Raleigh has been in the news more than Durham this year with "newsworthy" crimes.

  • fatchanceimwrong Oct 16, 2009

    What is is about Durham, Fayetteville & Rocky Mount that make them such high crime areas?