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Two arrested after fiery Durham wreck

Posted July 23, 2011 12:53 p.m. EDT
Updated July 24, 2011 5:05 p.m. EDT

— Durham officers arrested two of three assault suspects whose car crashed into a fence and caught on fire Friday afternoon, police said.

Three men armed with guns came to a house in the 2700 block of Elgin Street around 3 p.m. and asked to speak with a person who doesn't live there, police said. They assaulted a person, then fled in a gray Ford Crown Victoria.

The Crown Victoria driver refused to stop for an officer on Interstate 85, near Roxboro Street, and pulled off on the Duke Street exit, with officers following, police said.

The Crown Victoria crashed into a fence in the yard of a home of Ruffin Street, near Hudson Avenue, and caught on fire, police said. The three occupants of the vehicle jumped out and ran.

Officers caught one suspect nearby and a second on Leon Street about 20 minutes. The third suspect remains at large.

Authorities released the names of the men in custody on Sunday. Corey Lamont Whoie, 21, of Fayetteville Street, was charged with attempted breaking and entering, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault by pointing a gun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of felony probation violation.

He was being held in the Durham County jail under a $550,000 bond.

Alphonso Gregory Barnes II, 24, of Tattersall Drive, was charged with felony conspiracy. His bond was set at $50,000.