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Durham Sheriff's Deputy Taken To Hospital Following Chase

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DURHAM, N.C. — Authorities are searching for a man who led Durham County deputies on a Wednesday afternoon chase that ended when one deputy flipped his patrol car.

Deputies were responding to a call that someone had broken into a home on Thompson Road. They spotted a suspect's car and began chasing it, authorities said.

Minutes later, Deputy Jason Brooks crashed on Midland Terrace near Camden Avenue. His patrol car overturned in a ditch at the side of the road.

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Brooks, who has been a Durham County deputy since January 2004, was sent to Duke University Hospital for treatment. He was undergoing tests Wednesday evening, but was expected to be released.

"He's real lucky. Anytime you roll a car and walk away with little or no injury, he's real lucky. It could have been a whole lot worse than this," said Capt. Ricky Buchanan of the Durham County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Tim Deck of the Durham County Sheriff's Office said Brooks apparently lost control of his cruiser during the chase before overturning.

"He seems to be doing well -- lacerations, banged up pretty good. Overall, he's doing pretty good," Deck said.

Investigators are looking for a man in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo that has tinted windows and dual exhausts and has been painted with gray primer. The car has a stolen North Carolina license plate


. At this point, deputies said they do not know if the driver was armed.

"Anybody that's run from the police can't be real nice," Buchanan said.


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