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Chase suspect caught off busy I-40 near RTP

Posted August 1, 2011 8:45 a.m. EDT
Updated August 1, 2011 2:53 p.m. EDT

— A Durham man faces several charges after, authorities say, he led state troopers on a chase into rush-hour traffic on Interstate 40 Monday morning.

Martin Chavious, 26, of Rose Garden Lane, was arrested on charges that include felony speeding to elude arrest, careless and reckless driving and a registration violation.

Police in Garner pulled him over just after 8 a.m., authorities said, but Chavious pulled off, prompting police and then the North Carolina State Highway Patrol to pursue him.

Traffic cameras operated by the North Carolina Department of Transportation showed several troopers pursuing a car, weaving through vehicles, along westbound I-40.

It ended around 8:30 a.m. near the Page Road exit off I-40 near Research Triangle Park when the driver pulled over and jumped from the vehicle and ran up a hill into some woods.

Troopers chased Chavious and returned with him a few minutes later. He was taken to Rex Hospital in Raleigh as a precaution after he complained that he was having difficulty breathing.

Traffic slowed to a crawl on westbound I-40 and Interstate 540 as morning commuters made room for investigators.

A passing car hit the door of a Highway Patrol cruiser at the scene, but Highway Patrol First Sgt. Jeff Gordon said the pursuit turned out well.

"Nobody's hurt here, and we took an individual off the road who should not be on the road," he said.