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Durham Police Chase Injures 5, Nets 2 Arrests

Posted February 23, 2008
Updated February 24, 2008

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— An eight-minute-long police chase on Saturday night ended in a crash, two arrests and five injuries, officers said.

Police spotted a 1989 cream-colored Nissan Maxima connected to an armed robbery and aggravated assault that occurred within the past two weeks. Officers said they gave pursuit when the driver, Benjamin Wayne White Jr., 24, refused to stop.

The Maxima went through the intersection of Horton and Guess roads and struck a 2004 Toyota Avalon at 7:49 p.m.

Police said the chase lasted about eight minutes.

The occupants of the Avalon, a 63-year-old husband and 62-year-old wife, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Duke University Hospital.

White; Rory Arrington Jr., 23; and a female occupant of the Maxima were also taken to Duke with non-life-threatening injuries.

White was charged with two counts of felony fleeing to elude, two counts of driving with a revoked license, two counts of careless and reckless driving and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Arrington faces one charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. No charges have been filed against the woman who was in the Maxima.

Police said additional charges may be pending.

Arrington served 20 months on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury stemming from an incident in Durham County on Dec. 6, 2002, according to state Department of Corrections records.

Both White and Arrington have a record of convictions on charges related to drugs and stolen good charges going back to 2001 in Durham County.

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  • mtr Feb 25, 2008

    For more on the possible changes to the warrant less searches of cars see the news report today on the Arizona supreme court decision here.

    http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0225az-carsearch25-on.html

  • mtr Feb 25, 2008

    Well we can't be talking illegal ways such as just opening it up and start rifling through the trunk. You also can't be talking DUI/DWI stops cause that is only for public safety of stopping drunk drivers, so that would take an arrest again. You can't be talking drug sniffing dogs, because that would be illegal to stop a car for that. I'm done guessing.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 25, 2008

    "I did look and you are right there is no warrant needed (in some states you must prove that no time was possible to get a warrant) if like I said before there is an illegal item in plain view or you have been arrested then the officer is acting on probable cause."

    Oh there's more ways than that to search a car!! I know two ways (not including incident to arrest and consent)that don't even require probable cause. I'll keep you wondering though.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 25, 2008

    "In fact always them no that you do not consent to being searched in your home car or on the street. that way after your rights were trampled on they can't say you gave permission."

    Hehehe, too funny!! If someone says no then so be it. Let them go and get them another time. They have to be lucky every single day, I only have to be lucky once. No need to "trample on rights."

    Ah, but if only everyone said no, but they don't! The funniest is when someone gives you consent and when you start searching they start mouthing off, asking where the warrant is and why you're searching their car. Priceless!

  • mtr Feb 25, 2008

    Cookie Me Elmo I do believe you are a cop.

    I did look and you are right there is no warrant needed (in some states you must prove that no time was possible to get a warrant) if like I said before there is an illegal item in plain view or you have been arrested then the officer is acting on probable cause.

    He can not search your vehicle in a parking lot, on the road, in your yard, in a tree or up your rear if there is no probable cause though. Like I said he stops you for a ticket type offense and wants to search your car tell him NO you do not consent.
    In fact always them no that you do not consent to being searched in your home car or on the street. that way after your rights were trampled on they can't say you gave permission.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 25, 2008

    "Umm a warrant is needed to search your car! If you are stopped, for lets say speeding and the cop says he wants to search your car tell the cop "I you do not consent to your searching my car"."

    Either he finds a legal way to search your car or he doesn't, he still never needs a warrant in that situation.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 25, 2008

    "This may (should) be changed, since after you are arrested you no longer have access to your vehicle at that time."

    It's not going to change. The point of searching incident to arrest is not to see what weapons or contraband you have access to after you are arrested, it's to see what you could have had before you were arrested.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 25, 2008

    "Umm a warrant is needed to search your car!"

    The ONLY time a search warrant is needed to search a car is if it's on private property, and that doesn't include a public parking lot. If the officer has probable cause to get a search warrant then he can go ahead and search without one. It's called the automobile exception. Keep trying though. You too Harrison.

  • Harrison Bergeron Feb 25, 2008

    "If you knew the law you'd know that search warrants aren't needed for cars." -Cookie Me Elmo

    Ha Ha Ha! I would respond to this, but I see it has already been done.

    "Harrison, I don't know what the answer is, but it's 2008; we need to come up with something to safely stop people from running from the po po!" -Cookie Me Elmo

    I usually stop trying to reason with someone if they use the term "po po", but I'll make an exception here. The answer is that you NEVER give up your liberty for safety. There is technology already available that can be used to target and disable vehicles involved in chases; not as effective, yes, more expensive, yes, able to lock me in my own car or prevent me from driving, no.

  • mtr Feb 25, 2008

    Cookie Me Elmo: "If you knew the law you'd know that search warrants aren't needed for cars."

    Umm a warrant is needed to search your car! If you are stopped, for lets say speeding and the cop says he wants to search your car tell the cop "I you do not consent to your searching my car". If he does search after this then he violated your Fourth Amendment rights for no probable cause (speeding is not probable cause).

    You may be thinking that after an arrest or an in plain sight violation they may search your car and yes they can at that time. The "in plain sight" is they see that bag of pot in your car, now they can search on probable cause.

    The after arrest (for what ever reason so long as legal) is so the officer can insure that no weapons are available to you. This may (should) be changed, since after you are arrested you no longer have access to your vehicle at that time.

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