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Police car strikes suspect during chase

Posted May 13, 2008

— A police cruiser hit a man who had fled on foot after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Anthony Deangelo Gooch, 21, of Wadesboro Street, ran after a car he was driving was pulled over at N.C. Highway 98 and Lynn Road for a seat-belt violation, police said. He was wanted on outstanding warrants charging him with failure to appear in court, police said.

A chase on foot led to the 3000 block of Wedgedale Avenue, where Gooch was hit by Officer D.P. Sexton's patrol car, police said. Sexton was responding to a call for assistance in the chase, they said.

A preliminary investigation showed Gooch stumbled as he ran into the street and fell into the path of Sexton's patrol car, police said. Witnesses told police Sexton swerved to avoid the collision, but Gooch’s head struck the right front corner of the patrol car.

Gooch suffered minor injuries and was treated at Duke University Hospital, police said.


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  • TheAdmiral May 14, 2008

    I think bumpers on cars need to be made of steel.

  • Mom of two May 14, 2008

    Hey , watch where you are running when you try to flee the cops. He is lucky he was not hurt worse.

  • SilverWolf May 14, 2008

    In this particular case I find no fault in the officer's actions. Things sometimes happen that no one can control. the suspect in question was wanted for previous offenses and he chose to run. He's probably lucky he only got hit by a patrol car.

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop May 14, 2008

    I can't believe people would make a post blaming the cop. Get real.

  • Just the facts mam May 14, 2008

    Next time don't run from the police!!! He would not be in the situation he is in if he would have acted like a sane person and cooperated with the police. Certain members of our society, I am sad to say, continue to be the cause of problems for the rest of us...

  • udoowutchyalike May 14, 2008

    "Officers need more driver training."
    Lizard, what a moronic statement, witnesses said the suspect stumbled and fell into the path of the vehivle and he TRIED to avoid the idiot.

  • Adelinthe May 14, 2008

    "One reaps what one sows."

    That is always true: You don't get something for nothing, and what goes around surely comes around again.

    I've lived for 61 years and those are the two best lessons I've ever learned, mostly the hard way cause of my hard head. ;o)

    God bless ya'all.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe May 14, 2008

    "he is in the trauma unit at the hospital with multiple broken bones and in severe pain. NO ONE deserve to be in this situation even if they caused it them self!"

    Please accept our regards to your cousin. Our prayers are with him.

    And true, he made a mistake, but the officer's move was not intentional - it was an accident.

    Still, no one deserves being hurt, even if they've just done the silliest thing in the world.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • colliedave May 14, 2008

    One reaps what one sows.

  • TStills May 14, 2008

    They should make Gooch pay for the dent his big noggin put in the car's bumper.