Man in truck 'reached for gun' when stopped by Durham police officer
Posted May 7
Durham, N.C. — A man was arrested Sunday after he reached for his gun and fled the scene when he was stopped by an officer with the Durham Police Department.
Around 9:15 a.m., an officer was responding to a call near Guess Road and Sovereign Street when he saw Gerald Dwight Kessel, 53, of Morrisville, unconscious in his truck.
According to officials, the officer noticed Kessel's truck was still in drive, so he opened the door to put the car in park. When Kessel woke up, officials said he began reaching for a gun in a holster on his right hip. The officer pushed Kessel forward and retrieved his gun.
Kessel sped away, officials said, and a five-minute car chase began.
The officer followed Kessel to Guess Road and Broad Street and arrested him in a convenience store parking lot without incident.
Kessel has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon on an officer, felony fleeing to elude, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to sell methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for selling narcotics and various traffic offenses.
The officer was not injured.
Kessel was being held without bond and is expected to appear in court Monday morning.