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Hillsborough officer hurt while arresting carjacking suspect

Posted May 16, 2014 5:44 p.m. EDT

— A Hillsborough police officer was hurt Friday morning while arresting a man wanted in an attempted carjacking.

Town officials said Sgt. Douglas Hemingway was treated at UNC Hospitals for an unspecified injury and released.

Hemingway responded to a 911 call about 10:20 a.m. from a driver who reported that a man tried unsuccessfully to take a car at the Quick Mart gas station, at the intersection of South Churchton and Orange Grove streets.

The driver followed the suspect to the parking lot of the Orange County Department of Social Services and called 911 with his location.

When Hemingway arrived, the suspect put the car in reverse and hit two parked vehicles before running on foot. Hemingway followed for a short distance in his car, then got out and chased the suspect, who then allegedly tried to steal the police cruiser.

Officials said Hemingway pulled the man out of the cruiser through the driver’s window, and the pair struggled until additional officers arrived to help take the suspect into custody.

Davon Rucker, 29, of Atmore, Ala., is charged with felony assault with injury to a law enforcement officer, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting an officer. Additional charges are pending.

Rucker was held in the Orange County jail under a $50,000 secured bond.

Authorities said Rucker may be a suspect in a carjacking in Atlanta that left a 79-year-old woman seriously hurt. The suspect in that incident pulled the woman out of her car and ran her over, police said.

Rucker was found driving the woman’s car. Hillsborough police are working with Atlanta police on the case.