Trooper K.R. Snead was involved in a high-speed chase with a suspect on a motorcycle starting in Wayne County on Highway 70.
The chase continued into Wake County where authorities say Shenandoah Freeman tried to swerve in front of the trooper. Snead took evasive action to avoid hitting Freeman, which meant crashing into a guardrail near Harrison Avenue.
Snead was driving one of the state's new
that had been purchased in July.
"Anytime that you are involved in a chase, it is a dangerous situation. These Camaros are high-performance automobiles," says Sgt. Jeff Winstead of the State Highway Patrol.
Freeman kept going into Durham. He later got off on Miami Boulevard and ditched his bike.
He tried to flee on foot, but was later captured by authorities.
The Highway Patrol says Freeman is wanted in Hackensack, N.J. on cocaine violation charges. He is also wanted by the State Department of Correction.
Authorities say Trooper Snead will be OK.