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Men detained in Lee County after vehicle pursuit

Posted February 24, 2011
Updated February 25, 2011

— Authorities arrested two men near Sanford late Thursday morning after a 45-minute vehicle chase that went on for about 20 miles in both Lee and Moore counties.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said a trooper in Vass tried to stop a gold 2010 Chevrolet Malibu traveling 81 mph in a 60-mph zone in Moore County when the pursuit started on northbound U.S. Highway 1 and continued into Lee County.

At one point, the vehicle hit a Sanford police car. The chase ended around 10:30 a.m. near downtown Sanford when the car hit a tree in a neighborhood on Underwood Street.

“I was coming home from work and heard a loud boom,” resident John Pittman said. “We saw the guys jumping and bailing for the woods, and then it was just mayhem with troopers and detectives and policemen and a helicopter – a little excitement for the day.”

The driver, Brandon Lashun Ingram, 29, of 102 Stoney Drive in Durham, was charged with speeding to elude arrest, driving while license revoked, speeding, careless and reckless driving and a stop-sign violation.

He was in the Moore County jail Thursday afternoon.

Court records indicate he had outstanding warrants in Wake County for possession of cocaine, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, carrying a concealed weapon and felony eluding and speeding from police.

He has spent approximately seven of the past 12 years in prison on attempted armed robbery, kidnapping and drug-related convictions, among others, according to state Department of Correction records.

The passenger, Bruce Antonio Douglas, 21, of 606 Dogwood St. in Fuquay-Varina, was charged with resist delay and obstruct. He was out of jail Thursday afternoon on bond.

DOC records show that he has a single previous misdemeanor conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia.


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  • eviltwinbob Feb 25, 2011

    JonahB, lets say these individuals just shot you and are speeding away. Do you want you local law enforcement to: (a) chase after them , catch them and prosecute them, or (b0 waive by by to them and hope that next time they don't kill you. Lets say that. If law enforcement didn't do everything they could to catch this dangerous person, you would be crying about that. Dry your tears and go to BLET or just let the officers do their jobs. No need to thank them for getting this criminal off the streets, because obviously you won't anyway. In your world criminals and victims alike will hold hands and sing Kumbaya.

  • ForTheLoveOf Feb 24, 2011

    JonahB, how about we trace the blame back where it squarely belongs: the suspects.

    Suspect A and Suspect B CHOOSE to perform criminal activities which lead to their arrests or warrants for their arrests. Assuming they were arrested they get out, and for whatever reason, CHOOSE not to go to court. Court issues warrants for their re-arrest. They CHOOSE to speed (putting innocent lives at risk), and then CHOOSE to flee causing the pursuit. Did the officers HAVE to follow? No...but who started the whole thing? The suspects.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Feb 24, 2011

    LOL @ NCcarguy

  • wildcat Feb 24, 2011


    Why are you really here? WRAL does a good job of informing the public on news and keeping us all updated. Even breaking news is a factor that we like to know what is going on. Don't continue to complain, you can absolutely leave. No one will miss you.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Feb 24, 2011

    sean...what does the back seat of one look like?

  • seankelly15 Feb 24, 2011

    bmg379 - No, I know what a police car looks like...

  • seankelly15 Feb 24, 2011

    NCcarguy - WTVD has virtually the same story. But if you prefer WTVD then leave your comments there and not here.

  • roberttt42 Feb 24, 2011

    Everyone forgets that WRAL has its' own agenda - PERIOD. From their 'News' reports to the programming. DO NOT BELIEVE MAINSTREAM MEDIA!

  • bmg379 Feb 24, 2011

    is anyone suprised by the photos??

  • tobywilliamson58 Feb 24, 2011

    They look exactly as I had them pictured! NO surprise here!!