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Durham police officer dragged by car after traffic stop; man arrested

Posted June 4, 2015
Updated June 5, 2015

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— Two Durham police officers were injured Thursday afternoon while making a traffic stop near N.C. Highway 55 and Meridian Parkway, police said.

Plainclothes officers were making a traffic stop at about 3:45 p.m. when Antonio Levon Turrentine, the driver of the stopped vehicle, drove away, dragging an officer about 100 yards, according to police.

The officer was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to police, a second officer was also taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Turrentine was quickly taken into custody in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn at 4405 N.C. Highway 55, where police said he was staying. He faces 10 charges, including three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and two counts of felony hit-and-run.

Raheem Royal, a hotel guest, said he heard a loud noise and a bunch of yelling.

"The next thing I know a whole bunch of officers were there and they started to put up warning tape...I didn't hear any gun shots, so I guessed I was safe," Royal said.

While police investigated, a nearby gas station and restaurant were closed for about 90 minutes.

Turrentine is expected to make his first court appearance Friday.


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  • Kenneth Brewer Jun 5, 2015
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    Interesting facebook. Latest post, 3rd commenter, then go to her page and scroll her posts. Looks like we got a real winner here.

  • Bill Simmons Jun 5, 2015
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    Did you even click "play" on the video? They ran into his vehicle. He didn't "mow" someone down. They grabbed onto his car when he pulled away thinking that would make some difference. Nobody here is defending his criminal activity (If it exists. There was no mention of prior misgivings in this article.), but Supercop 1 and Supercop 2 can't play action hero. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  • Kristin Byrne Jun 5, 2015
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    That's nice. Always blame the cops, huh? Completely ignore the fact this guy ran into the police vehicles. That the cop had identified himself. That the cop was attempting to take the perp into custody.

    But no, I'm going to say the guy with a criminal record as long as my arm was in the right by mowing people down.

  • Kimberly Crowe Jun 5, 2015
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    This is not a race issue. The news always make it a race issue. What does the color of the skin have to do with anything? He committed a crime and now must be punished regardless of race. The news is what be causing the conflict amongst the races. Especially when they say "White Cop shoots Black Man" or "Black Man". Half the time we can't tell the race of anyone being that there is so many interracial couples making babies.

  • Bill Simmons Jun 5, 2015
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    Nobody gets dragged for 100 yards unless they foolishly hold onto a car as it speeds away. Did you think you could slow the car down by grabbing on, Superman? Confuse and scare someone by approaching them in plain clothes while saying you're a cop and see if the same doesn't happen to you.

  • Chase Truman Jun 5, 2015
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    I think I went to school with that guy many years ago! I remember him being quiet and shy, and a nice guy. Haha, isn't that what people always say about the criminals?

  • Robert Fotch Jr Jun 5, 2015
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    No word on why the guy was stopped?

  • Mark Farmer Jun 4, 2015
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    I don't think when they report the news they say the race of the person, black, white or other. they also may include a picture.