Durham County

Cars hit, power lines downed during police chase of wanted robbery suspect

Durham police on Friday arrested Durham’s Deshawn Devonte Evans, 23, following a late-morning vehicle pursuit.

Durham police spokesman Wil Glenn said the pursuit started at 11:25 a.m. on East Main Street and ended at approximately 11:40 a.m. on U.S. 70 at Holloway Street when the burgundy Cadillac driven by Evans crashed, downing several power lines.

Evans sustained minor injuries in the crash.

In addition to the downed power lines, Glenn said Evans’ vehicle hit three bystander vehicles during the pursuit. No one else was injured.

Evans was wanted on charges related to two armed robberies of businesses during the summer.

Evans has been charted with robbing the Trinity Food Mart at 403 E. Trinity Ave. on June 25.

In that incident, a man armed with a gun entered the business around 9:45 p.m., pointed a gun at an employee and demanded money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Evans has also been charged with robbing Metro PCS at 3438 Hillsborough Road on July 6.

In that incident, two men entered the business around 6:45 p.m. and robbed an employee at gunpoint of cash and several phones.

Evans faces two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon.