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Durham man charged in high-speed chase, crash into police car

Posted November 15, 2020 6:33 p.m. EST
Updated November 16, 2020 3:45 p.m. EST

— A Durham man has been charged in connection with a Sunday afternoon chase that ended when a speeding car crashed into a Durham police car.

Zaid Ibn Abdul-Mateen, 20, was charged with felony fleeing to elude law enforcement officers, two counts of hit-and-run, having no operator’s license, not wearing a seat belt, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver and maintaining a vehicle for the possession of controlled substances.

The chase started at about 2:15 p.m. when an officer spotted a vehicle speeding on Guess Road that matched the description of one believed to have been involved in a recent shooting, police said. The officer attempted to stop the car on Guess Road near Latta Road, but the driver made a U-turn and sped off.

Officers pursued the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop, even after hitting another vehicle on U.S. Highway 15-501 South. No one was injured in that crash.

Durham County deputies took over the vehicle pursuit from Durham police officers, and the fleeing car sped along Hope Valley Road, where it crashed into a stationary Durham Police Department patrol car occupied by two officers at Woodcroft Parkway, police said.

The driver of the vehicle then fled on foot and was caught after a brief pursuit.

One officer in the damaged patrol car was treated at a local hospital for a minor injury and released.

Abdul-Mateen also was served with outstanding 2019 warrants charging him with attempting to obtain property by false pretense, felony conspiracy and felony larceny. He was released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

No charges were filed regarding the shooting case.

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