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Three Arrested After Three-County Police Chase

Posted October 5, 2005

— Three suspects were arrested Tuesday after a morning vehicle chase that spanned three counties.

Police said the chase began as Carrboro police pursued a stolen sport utility vehicle from Chapel Hill. Officers then followed the vehicle into Chatham County, then Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.

Police then followed the vehicle to Durham, and then back to Chapel Hill, where at one point, officers say the suspects -- two women and a man -- drove down Franklin Street at estimated speeds of 70 to 80 mph.

"They went the wrong way up the 15-501 bypass in Durham," said Capt. Charles Blackwood, of the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "There were several times where they just busted through intersections without any regard whatsoever for anybody who may have been in the intersections."

The suspects were arrested when they stopped in Durham after the tires on the SUV shredded and the driver lost control of the vehicle, authorities said.

Officers called the chase a textbook example.

"Nobody was hurt," Blackwood said. "(There was) no property damage that we can determine, other than (to) our patrol vehicle when they were originally hit. So, this was a successful chase."

Police said that all three suspects face a number of traffic violations and charges.

The alleged driver, Nathan Devon Brown, 33, of Chapel Hill, faces assault with a deadly weapon on a government official for ramming the SUV into a patrol car, as well as charges of fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving and driving with a revoked license. He is currently in jail with bond set at $50,000.

The two women, Takeya Denise Ingram, 21, of Chapel Hill, and Natonya Leketta Freeman, 21, of Carrboro, each face charges of possession of stolen property. Ingram was released from jail on a $2,000 bond; Freeman is still in jail under a $2,000 bond.

All three are expected to appear in court next week.

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