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DOT employees bring rush-hour chase live to TV

Posted August 2, 2011

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— A chase on Interstate 40 in Wake County unfolded live on television Monday, thanks to the camera work of two state Department of Transportation employees.

Tim Fluornoy and Levi Boykin kept the action in focus from inside the DOT's Triangle Traffic Management Center in Raleigh.

It all started when Flournoy heard something unusual from the state Highway Patrol on his radio scanner.

"I overheard a 10-43, which is a chase," Flournoy said.

Joysticks in hand, he and Boykin followed the chase as Martin Chavious, 26, of Durham, allegedly led troopers on a bobbing and weaving chase through morning rush-hour traffic.

"We kind of played leapfrog with the Highway Patrol," Boykin said. "They'd move the camera (and) we'd check the next one to have things set up and ready."

DOT traffic cams DOT employees bring rush-hour chase live to TV

As the pursuit intensified, Flournoy became more diligent in following it because he thought it was likely to end in a wreck. Live traffic video helps troopers and DOT crews respond quickly to the scenes of wrecks or traffic backups, he said.

"Everybody was just really on the edge, ready to respond (to) anything that could have happened in that chase," Boykin added.

No one was injured in the pursuit. It ended around 8:30 a.m. near the Page Road exit near Research Triangle Park when troopers say Chavious pulled over, got out of his car and ran into a wooded area.

He was apprehended within minutes and charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving and a registration violation.

"We were amazed that nobody got hit," Boykin said.

Flournoy agreed.

"It was a scary situation for a while, but we handled it well," he said.

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  • turkeyman03 Aug 4, 2011

    I wish that each of you that have left negative comments would ride with one of our State Trooper's and see the "traffic" they have to deal with everyday day in and day out maybe you would then respect the Trooper that are trying protect the lives on our highways.

  • lhsandie Aug 3, 2011

    We are always so quick to judge officers for these chases. The guy drove off, he was afraid of more than a registration violation. It isn't the police that cause all the wrecks on the highway, anyone who travels I-40 I-85 or the beltline knows that most of the accidents are caused by drivers who are in too much of a hurry, excessive speeds, weaving in & out of traffic, cutting people off and riding the bumpers of others. Sounds just like a high speed chase without the police in pursuit to me.

  • barbstillkickin Aug 3, 2011

    Why can't these criminals that cause all these terrible accidents be arrested for attempted murder instead of fleeing the scene. I mean come on people these police officers do not like to chase criminals anymore then we want to have our lives at risk. If our police do not stop these people then who is to say they will not just shoot a driver so they can have some fun. Leave our cops alone and GET OUT OF THERE WAY.

  • fayncmike Aug 3, 2011

    "yeah, I love throwing spike strips out in the middle of 4 lanes of rush hour traffic.
    Common Sense Man"

    It's a shame that the only two options for stopping fleeing drivers are dangerous high speed chases and blowout strips. Oh wait, there might be some other options.

  • fayncmike Aug 3, 2011

    "Any accidents "caused" by the high-speed chase were caused by incompetent drivers who slam on brakes, rubberneck, and do not get out of the way of emergency vehicles. Pay attention when you are on the road, and you will no longer have these accidents."

    You mean like the woman last year that was stopped for a red light and was rammed so hard her car burst into flames and she was killed? I guess she doesn't deserve any sympathy right?

  • loprestw Aug 3, 2011

    Thanks to liberals crimminals now think the police will not chase them in high flow traffic because of the dangers. These crimminals should have the book thrown at them for puuting everyone life at risk. Or if the polie would use a little more deadly force the crimminals might stop.

  • Common Sense Man Aug 3, 2011

    "apparently the cops have never heard of radioing ahead or roadblocks or blowout strips or any of the other methods and devices that prudent police can use to stop cars without putting innocent people at risk."

    yeah, I love throwing spike strips out in the middle of 4 lanes of rush hour traffic.

  • autismawareness Aug 3, 2011

    no one cares or asks why he was fleeing? sure it wasn't just for a registration violation.

  • friendlyman Aug 3, 2011

    I like how it says he 'allegedly' led troopers on a chase...no I'm pretty sure he did it :)

  • musthavecoffee Aug 3, 2011

    Any accidents "caused" by the high-speed chase were caused by incompetent drivers who slam on brakes, rubberneck, and do not get out of the way of emergency vehicles. Pay attention when you are on the road, and you will no longer have these accidents.

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