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A chase involving Durham police officers that ended in a crash and the death of a detention officer included speeds of up to 75 mph and wrong-way driving, according to a new report.

Authorities said Durham police officers first attempted to stop a Honda Accord that had been reported stolen at gunpoint from Alston Avenue at about 7:45 p.m. on Aug. 2.

The driver fled, and a chase began near the intersection of Elizabeth and Ramseur streets.

Police went the wrong way down Ramseur Street for approximately 40 seconds, but traffic was light, according to the report.

The pursuit exited the downtown loop and traveled down Main Street to Broad Street. During this time, speeds were reported at 75 mph, the report said.

Authorities said the driver of the stolen vehicle continued to flee for just over 11 minutes, before colliding with a Chevy Impala and Hyundai Sonata at the intersection of Club Boulevard and N. Duke Street.

Authorities identified the driver of the Hyundai as Brooke Lyn Maynard, 24, of Durham. She worked as a detention officer with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.

Maynard was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

According to the report, this pursuit was authorized by policy - which allows vehicle pursuits when an officer believes the suspect has committed a violent felony and the suspect poses serious threat to the public.

No Durham police officers were involved in the crash.


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