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Troopers: Car fled checkpoint before crashing in Durham

Posted July 20, 2013
Updated July 21, 2013

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— A driver and his passenger were injured in a car crash Saturday night after state troopers said the pair ran from a checkpoint in Durham.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol First Sgt. Jeff Gordon said troopers were conducting a license checkpoint on Roxboro Street when a 2013 Buick LaCrosse approached just before 9 p.m. He said the driver abruptly U-turned and sped off.

Troopers tried to stop the car on Roxboro Street near Interstate 85, Gordon said. But the driver would not heed the lights and sirens, and a chase began.

A few minutes later, the driver was on Duke Street when troopers said he lost control, veered off the roadway and struck a tree on the left shoulder.

The driver, identified as Jeremy Reshad Spencer of Durham, and passenger, identified as Shavonte Cousins of Durham, were both taken to Duke Hospital. Spencer was listed in critical condition Sunday morning; Cousins was listed in fair condition.

All northbound lanes and two southbound lanes of Duke Street were shut down until about 10:30 p.m. while investigators cleared the scene.

Gordon said it was unclear why the driver evaded the checkpoint. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.


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  • ABM Jul 23, 2013

    Good Job!!

    How is it that the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is named First Sgt. Jeff Gordon!! HAHAHAHA

    I guess that name comes with a "need for speed"!!

  • ASU Jul 22, 2013


    Your response is incorrect. The North Carolina Supreme Court has ruled an officer has reasonable suspicion to conduct a traffic stop if a car turns away from a license check point. If that was the case the trooper wouldn't be able to stop the car.

  • unblankenbelievable Jul 22, 2013

    Gordon said it was unclear why the driver evaded the checkpoint. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending

    It's also unclear why they were being stopped in the first. Charges for what, evading an unconstitutional stop? They need to sue the state!

  • bombayrunner Jul 22, 2013

    turning around at a checkpoint will only draw the attention of the officers waiting for you to do just that. Then it will be twice the snooping troopers on you. ... I hate the check points, they made me walk home once when my license had an error in it. Was so mad.

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 22, 2013

    Unless the u turn was one illegal. It isn't illegal to turn around at a checkpoint. You just can't break another law while turning around.

  • sidecutter Jul 22, 2013

    I assume you meant no innocent bystanders got hurt because the perps did.

  • Obamacare rules Jul 22, 2013

    Glad no one got hurt.