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Three arrested after Chapel Hill chase

Demerrick Leton Brinkley, 23, and Climmon Artoway Jefferson III, 21, both of 66 Flanders Filters Road, Washington, and Darrick Benard Long, 37, of 104 Drayton Court, Carrboro, are all charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Three men accused in an armed robbery were arrested Monday after leading police on a chase through Chapel Hill. 

Police said just after 10 a.m. in the Sunset Drive area an armed robber took the victim's cash and then got into a blue Chevrolet sedan occupied by two men.

Officers spotted the vehicle on McDade Street and attempted to stop it, but the driver failed to yield. The pursuit ended on Whitfield Road and three men were taken into custody.

Demerrick Leton Brinkley, 23, and Climmon Artoway Jefferson III, 21, both of 66 Flanders Filters Road, Washington, and Darrick Benard Long, 37, of 104 Drayton Court, Carrboro, are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. 

Brinkley and Jefferson are also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Brinkley faces an additional charge of felonious speeding to elude arrest. 

Brinkley was being held under a $25,000 bond. Jefferson and Long were being held under $15,000 and $5,000 bonds. 

All men were being held in the Orange County jail.

Brinkley has eight convictions dating to 2004, including two for possession of drugs with intent to sell, felony breaking and entering and larceny, according to state Department of Correction records. Long also has drug-related convictions dating to 2001, including possession with intent to sell.

Jefferson was on probation for an April 19 conviction for misdemeanor drug possession, DOC records state.


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