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Durham Authorities Identify Suspect In Deputy's Crash

Posted October 12, 2006

— Durham authorities released the name of a suspect who led a deputy on a chase Wednesday that ended with a crash.

As Deputy Jason Brooks responded to a burglary call, he noticed the car fleeing the scene. Brooks chased the car, but lost control of his own car and crashed on Midland Terrace near Interstate 85. He suffered minor injuries.

Authorities later found the vehicle at a house on Cooke Street. They are now looking for Robert Valdez Martinez. They believe Martinez may have been operating the vehicle at the time of the accident.

Martinez is described as a 23-year-old black male, measuring 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing about 145 pounds.

Martinez has a prior criminal record involving assault, kidnapping and robbery charges. He is also wanted by the North Carolina Highway Patrol for felony traffic offenses.

Authorities said he may be armed and dangerous. If you have any information about his whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Durham County Sheriff's Office at

919-560-0900

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