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Three arrested after Chapel Hill chase

Posted June 13, 2011
Updated June 15, 2011

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— Three men accused in an armed robbery were arrested Monday after leading police on a chase through Chapel Hill. 

Police said just after 10 a.m. in the Sunset Drive area an armed robber took the victim's cash and then got into a blue Chevrolet sedan occupied by two men.

Officers spotted the vehicle on McDade Street and attempted to stop it, but the driver failed to yield. The pursuit ended on Whitfield Road and three men were taken into custody.

Demerrick Leton Brinkley, 23, and Climmon Artoway Jefferson III, 21, both of 66 Flanders Filters Road, Washington, and Darrick Benard Long, 37, of 104 Drayton Court, Carrboro, are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. 

Brinkley and Jefferson are also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Brinkley faces an additional charge of felonious speeding to elude arrest. 

Brinkley was being held under a $25,000 bond. Jefferson and Long were being held under $15,000 and $5,000 bonds. 

All men were being held in the Orange County jail.

Brinkley has eight convictions dating to 2004, including two for possession of drugs with intent to sell, felony breaking and entering and larceny, according to state Department of Correction records. Long also has drug-related convictions dating to 2001, including possession with intent to sell.

Jefferson was on probation for an April 19 conviction for misdemeanor drug possession, DOC records state.


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  • nctorwart Jun 14, 2011

    They'll be convicted, sentenced, released, and repeat the crime.

  • unc70 Jun 14, 2011

    All three remain in jail according to the story. Have not made bail. A robbery happened, and Chapel Hill police promptly arrested those apparently responsible, who remain in jail.

    BTW Two are from Washington, NC (not DC), and "Little" Washington is in Beaufort County. Plymouth is the county seat of Washington County.

    Being "liberal" is not the same as "soft on crime", no matter how many times you chant it. Was a great marketing slogan at one point, but never true.

  • cantstandya Jun 14, 2011

    There are people caught for smoking pot that have higher bail,orange county will probably be attractive to criminals with these low bail demands does race play a part in this amount I wonder???

  • justinm Jun 14, 2011

    "Caught up in the game. Play on playa."

    what? if serious, you're part of the problem.

  • lizard78 Jun 14, 2011

    chapel hill is not all of orange county. i don't know a single liberal that lives in efland.

  • johnniebegood Jun 14, 2011

    I don't agree with low bail, but, I believe that the law is set up to only hold people in jail for certain crimes and bail is usually set dependent on the accused ability to pay it based upon the Judges discretion.

  • LambeauSouth Jun 14, 2011

    yes criminals and illegals love orange county because of their liberal views........ AND THE PRETTY ORANGE JUMPSUITS

  • Man Man Jun 14, 2011

    Caught up in the game. Play on playa.

  • Boogalooboy Jun 14, 2011

    let's all get in a small circle and chant our little hearts away...

  • ncguy Jun 14, 2011

    yes criminals and illegals love orange county because of their liberal views.