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Man wanted for 19 felonies, hitting police car caught

Posted July 18, 2009

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— Durham police caught a convicted felon Friday who they say used a stolen car to intentionally ram a police cruiser to avoid arrest on 19 charges.

A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of Bernard Ramsey Monk, 38, of Moreene Road, at the Carolina Duke motel on Guess Road, police said. He was placed in the Durham County Jail under a $126,500 bond.

On Thursday, Monk struck a police cruiser and fled in a stolen 2006 Toyota Corolla after Officer C.L. McCoy tried to stop him on Moorehead Avenue, police said. He led police on a chase until he crashed on Rainbow Way and ran away. Officers searched but didn't find him.

Investigators believe that Monk was also responsible for more than a dozen vehicle break-ins last summer along Campus Walk Drive and Neal, Moreene and Hillandale roads. GPS units, stereo equipment and purses were stolen from the vehicles.

McCoy was charged Thursday with assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, possession of a stolen vehicle, felony fleeing to elude arrest, hit-and-run, injury to property and resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer. He was already wanted on 19 felony charges, including common-law forgery and obtaining property by false pretense.

According to state Department of Correction records, Monk served more than five months on two counts of possessing stolen goods in 2006 and 2007.

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