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Authorities searching for man accused of ramming trooper's car

Posted March 2, 2012 12:14 a.m. EST
Updated March 2, 2012 1:13 p.m. EST

— Authorities were searching for a man accused of ramming a stolen pickup truck into a trooper's car at Mourning Dove Road and Old Deer Trail in Raleigh Thursday night and then fleeing the scene.

The incident started around 11 p.m. when a trooper attempted to pull over the blue Dodge Ram truck with Virginia plates around 11 p.m. for a traffic violation. As the trooper left his vehicle to approach the truck, the driver backed into the cruiser and fled, authorities said. 

A short time later, the driver of the truck attempted to do a u-turn and intentionally hit the trooper's vehicle again. The trooper fired shots and hit the truck, but it was unclear if the man was injured. The truck was abandoned on Old Deer Trail near Strickland Road soon after, authorities said.

The trooper was not hurt but was very shaken, according to authorities at the scene. 

A SWAT team went house to house and a Highway Patrol helicopter scanned the area from overhead for more than three hours early Friday looking for the man. The man, whose name was not released, had not been located as of 1 p.m. Friday.

The trooper was placed on administrative duty, which is standard procedure for all officer-involved shootings. The State Bureau of Investigation will handle the investigation of the shooting.