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3 Hurt in Car Chase

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DURHAM — A car being chased by police broadsided anothervehicle Friday night, sending three men to the hospital.

The identities of those hurt were not released, but paramedics saidnone of the injuries seemed life-threatening.

Troopers said a car driven by James L. Faulkner, 29, of Green Street inDurham, was stopped after it was clocked speeding. As officers spoke withFaulkner, he allegedly sped off. The car drove the wrong way on a DurhamFreeway exit ramp, then spun around and headed downtown, with officersgiving chase.

Troopers say Faulkner's car then moved onto Fayetteville Street, ran ared light andplowed into a car carrying four men. The driver, Johnny Clay of Durham,was not hurt.

Troopers say Faulkner then ran off on foot, but was caught in a fewmoments. Although he refused to take a Breathalyzer test, troopers citedwhat they said was a "strong odor of alcohol and glassy eyes," and amagistrate found probable cause that his blood alcohol was probably abovethe legal limit.

Faulkner was jailed in lieu of $3,500 bond. He has been charged withtwo felonies and eight misdemeanors: felony hit-and-run and speeding toelude arrest; driving while impaired, speeding, driving in the wrongdirection, no headlights on, failure to have an operator's license, notwearing a seatbelt, running a red light, and driving a car without duecaution.

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