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DURHAM (AP) — A teen-ager took police on a15-mile high-speedchase, firing at officers at least a dozen times before the youth'scar crashed into a van.

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

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

The chase started Tuesday afternoon when authorities saidDurhamPolice Officer S.M. Pate tried to stop a stolen Nissan Sentra.After Pate turned on his patrol car's red-and-blue lights, thedriver 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 cruiserjoined the chase as it continued into Wake County and back intoDurham on U.S. 70 and Interstate 85.

The Sentra slammed into the back of a business van, policesaid.The van's driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of neckand back injuries. The suspect got out of the car, but he was latercaught behind a nearby house.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast,rewritten, or distributed.

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