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High-Speed Chase From Roxboro To Durham Ends With Arrest

Posted June 20, 2003

— Drivers on a busy stretch of Triangle road dodged a high-speed chase Thursday. It all started when police tried to stop robbery suspects in Roxboro.

Roxboro police said the driver and two passengers allegedly stole four bags of over-the-counter drugs and toothpaste from a Roxboro pharmacy.

"As they sped up exiting the parking lot, striking a patrol unit in the side, they continued southbound on Highway 501 coming towards Durham," said Lt. David Pearce of the Roxboro Police Department.

Police said the chase spanned 30 miles, reached speeds up to 125 mph and hit six cars, including two law enforcement vehicles.

Pearce said he saw an opportunity to safely end the chase at the corner of Duke and Leon streets in Durham.

"He ran up on the curb and got his car sideways in the road. At the time, I maneuved my patrol car up to his door and get him stopped so he couldn't move any further," he said.

The driver, Lenard Leslie Williams, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Following a search of the suspect's car, a crack pipe was found on one of the two passengers.

No one was injured.

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