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Police to Charge Man Injured in Car Chase

Posted November 2, 2007

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— A burglary suspect who was fighting for his life in the hospital was expected to face charges for leading Cary police on a car chase.

Cary police said they plan to file charges against Curt Steven Johnson, 26, of 1021 Essex Forest Drive, who fled from officers after they interrupted an apparent burglary in progress on Wednesday night.

Johnson was in critical condition at WakeMed, troopers said Thursday night. He was improving after undergoing emergency surgery for swelling on the brain and other internal injuries.

Johnson was driving on a suspended license when he lead police on a car chase Wednesday night. Court records showed that Johnson was convicted of driving while impaired three times in 6 years.

Cary police said they are awaiting toxicology results to see if alcohol was a factor in this crash.

Investigators said Johnson broke into the office at the Lodge Apartments and fled in a car a when officers arrived at the scene. Police lost sight of Johnson when he turned off his car lights, but discovered his car on the side of Lochmere Drive.

Investigators said Johnson was going 70 mph in a 35 mph zone when he ran off the road, hit a tree and was thrown from the car.

Lochmere Drive was closed overnight.

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