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Suspect in NCCU hit-and-run surrenders

Posted September 30, 2014

James Henry Nelson IV
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— A Durham man sought in connection with a hit-and-run that injured a North Carolina Central University police officer last week has surrendered, authorities said Tuesday.

James Henry Nelson IV, 22, surrendered at the Durham Police Department on Monday. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and was being held in Durham County jail under a $275,000 bond.

The hit-and-run occurred on Sept. 24 at Lawson Street and South Alston Avenue when, according to Interim Police Chief Willie Bell, two police officers approached a Dodge Charger that was illegally parked. When they asked the driver for identification, he drove off, hitting one of the officers, Bell said.

That officer, who was treated at a local hospital and released, then fired his gun, Bell said. His name has not been released.

Nelson is neither a current nor a former student, an N.C. Central spokeswoman said.


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  • umop apisdn Sep 30, 2014

    The fourth? That means there's three more of them?!?

  • papasan Sep 30, 2014

    Intoxicated when he hit the officer? Maybe, and didn't want a DUI on his record; probably would be less punishing than hit and run.