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Teen Faces Charges Following High-Speed Chase...

Posted October 30, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— A teen-ager took police on a 15-mile high-speed chase, firing at officers at least a dozen times before the youth's car crashed into a van.

Michael Howard Jr., 17, of Durham, was being held on 20 charges in the Durham County Jail after the chase that topped speeds of 100 mph and carried officers through Durham and briefly into Wake County.

At least six officers were fired on during the chase. Three patrol cars were pierced with bullets, one police officer was injured by flying glass and a bullet missed a sheriff's captain by just inches. Officers did not fire any shots during the chase.

The chase started Tuesday afternoon when authorities said Durham Police Officer S.M. Pate tried to stop a stolen Nissan Sentra. After Pate turned on his patrol car's red-and-blue lights, the driver of the Sentra leaned out the window and started shooting. Pate was injured by flying glass.

Other Durham police cars and a state Highway Patrol cruiser joined the chase as it continued into Wake County and back into Durham on U.S. 70 and Interstate 85.

The Sentra slammed into the back of a business van, police said. The van's driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of neck and back injuries. The suspect got out of the car, but he was later caught behind a nearby house.

Howard's charges included firing on officers, possessing a stolen vehicle, felony hit-and-run, driving without a license and possessing marijuana, police said. His bond was set at $622,200. Copyright ©1996 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.