Troopers: Durham men led high-speed chase from Guilford

Dec. 18, 2013 @ 05:54 PM

State troopers on Tuesday night chased a car carrying two Durham men along Interstate 85 from Guilford to Durham counties, with speeds reaching up to 125 mph.
It all started about 10 p.m. when a trooper near mile marker 131 clocked a green 1999 Acura TL going 80 in a 65 zone and tried to stop the motorist.
The car fled, said N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Gordon, and the pursuit began.
For about 20 minutes, through traffic described by Gordon as “light to medium,” the car made its way east through Orange County and north onto I-85 through Durham.
Ultimately, the Acura left the interstate at Guess Road, sped through the North Pointe area and then turned onto Stadium Drive, where the car collided with a concrete curb. The driver and passenger fled the vehicle, Gordon said, but were soon apprehended behind Duke Regional Hospital.
The driver was identified as Abdur-Rahim Muhammad, 30, of Kramer Place in Durham. He had three outstanding warrants in Wake and Durham counties. Gordon also noted that, since 2011, Muhammad has been charged four times with felony speeding to elude arrest.
“This was not his first rodeo,” Gordon said.
For this incident, Muhammad was charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, failure to stop at a red light, failure to heed blue lights and siren, resisting an officer and improper passing.
Police identified the passenger as Montique Shawn Palmer, 26, of Durham. He was charged with resisting an officer.

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