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4 Arrested After Police Chase

Posted January 22, 2008 11:08 p.m. EST
Updated January 23, 2008 11:46 a.m. EST

— Durham police arrested four people after a high-speed chase through Durham and Wake counties Tuesday night.

William Dozia Smith, 20, and Stephen Lavance Oates Jr., 19, both of 2303 Anthony Drive, and two 14-year-olds were charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony fleeing to elude.

The chase began at Massey Avenue and Fayetteville Street in Durham at about 10 p.m. Tuesday when an officer spotted a Ford Taurus that matched the description of a car used in an armed robbery, police said. The driver of the Taurus sped off, and police chased the car on the Durham Freeway and U.S. Highway 15/501 to Interstate 85 North and then back to U.S. 15/501 and Interstate 40, police said.

The state Highway Patrol picked up the chase near Aviation Parkway in Morrisville and had to use "stop sticks" to flatten the car's tires near Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh, police said.

The chase lasted about 45 minutes and reached speeds of 90 mph. Part of I-40 was shut down for a time, but no injuries were reported.

Smith, Oates and the two juveniles were charged with robbing a couple at gunpoint Sunday night on Lambeth Circle in Durham, police said. Investigators were trying to determine if any of the four had been involved in other armed robberies.

Oates was also charged with robbery and simple assault in connection with a Nov. 19 robbery at Bennett Pointe Grill on Hillsborough Road.

An employee told police he was taking out the trash when two men approached him and demanded money. One took the employee’s cash while the second sprayed him with pepper spray, police said.