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Suspect's girlfriend charged in trooper shooting

Posted February 20, 2013
Updated February 24, 2013

— Durham police have arrested the pregnant girlfriend of a man accused of shooting a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper.

Lyndsey Smith, 21, of Durham, was charged Wednesday afternoon with accessory after the fact to assault with a deadly weapon and harboring a fugitive. She was placed in the Durham County jail under a $1.5 million bond.

Police say Smith picked up her boyfriend, Mikel Edward Brady, after the shooting and helped him evade authorities.

Brady, 23, of 800 White Pine Drive, allegedly shot Trooper Michael L. Potts in his hands, right shoulder and the right side of his face during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 70 near Cheek Road in Durham Monday evening.

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He fled the scene in a black Nissan Maxima and then ditched that car behind a Mexican restaurant on North Roxboro Street, where Smith came to get him.

Brady, 23, who is from Randolph, Vt., was arrested Tuesday at an apartment complex in Raleigh and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

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He was in the Durham County jail Wednesday under an $8 million bond as well as a $2.5 million bond on a felony absconder charge in Vermont.

At her home earlier Wednesday, before her arrest, Smith said she didn't want to comment on the case.

Potts was listed in fair condition Wednesday at Duke University Hospital.


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 27, 2013

    ohforpete - " She has been running with this kid for years"

    And you know this how???

  • ohforpetessake Feb 21, 2013

    "poor gilr". No way. She has been running with this kid for years. The apt. in Raleigh belongs to a friend of theirs. This girl was in fact raised this way. Nobody here in Central VT wants these two back here. Please NC, do what VT couldn't and put them away for a long time.

  • Longshanks Feb 21, 2013

    "poor girl,cute kid and looks like DJ......if she was any other race but white yall would be putting her in jail for life but since she is white, she gets alot of sympathy" CeeLo

    Replied to this earlier, obviously WRAL censorship didn't like what I said. Regardless, didn't take long for the race card to find it's way into a conversation dealing with a state trooper being shot and a fugitive being hidden by his pregnant girlfriend, and stated nothing regarding race, ethnicity, creed, religion, etc. I hope the trooper recovers and they throw the shooter in prison for a long time. LEO's have a tough job and I, for one, am appreciative of their work. That said, Cee-Lo, racism goes both ways and I think you're the one we should worry about. Kinda like the pot calling the kettle...well, nevermind...

  • more cowbell Feb 21, 2013

    Oh poor girl...Please Im glad they arrested her lock her up too so sick of people she isnt an innocent party she knew who she was hanging around....Tired of the it was the way they were raised or the situation. Im just upset the suspect is still alive... golfin69

    Wow! Obviously, the UNC logo you use for your Avitar isn't because you graduated with a degree in 3rd grade grammar. If you're gonna slam someone, have your kids proof it read prior to hitting the "add comment" button.

  • I know some stuff Feb 21, 2013

    It's highly likely that he did not tell her WHY he was running and hiding, but surely she knew that 'he was running and hiding' from something. Surely she helped him go and buy the hair color and help him dye his hair that night, so she's far from innocent, but mostly guilty of being highly stupid...and not just on THAT night.

  • eyeoneastsky Feb 21, 2013

    Initial reports were the suspect was picked up by a female with blonde hair. Take note, that her hair is no longer blonde. It appears both of them dyed their hair. She lives in an apt in Durham so why did they both go to an apt in Raleigh to dye their hair? Also I wonder if the suspect had just committed a crime and that is why he was ready to kill an officer. This suspect may have been committing many crimes in this area for a while. I look forward to hearing all the facts of this case.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Feb 21, 2013

    Loyality to a man doesn't include hiding him from the law after shooting another person. What are some women thinking these days?

  • subanitov Feb 21, 2013

    "One wonders if the bond would be so high for accessory after the fact if the crime had been committed against a mundane instead of a roadside tax collector" nighttrain2010

    You recently got a ticket and now your anti Trooper huh? If Troopers were "tax collectors" then why wouldn't NC triple the amount of Troopers to "collect taxes" instead of having a hiring freeze for years? Better question, would you tell Trooper Potts to his face he is a "roadside tax collector" after what he has been through?

  • GravyPig Feb 21, 2013

    Way to go girl!! You gonna have a prison baby!! I guess your maternal instincts haven't kicked in yet, otherwise you might have thought of your baby first.

  • eyeoneastsky Feb 21, 2013

    vinylcarwraps, I did not say the suspect got out of the car to shoot the officer. Yes, I know about thowing up your hands for protection and I know some people plot and plan evil as easily as they breathe. He, the suspect, had to have prepared for this moment since he had a gun at the ready when he was stopped. I continue to believe he shot the troopers hands on purpose.