Man arrested after car chase hurt 2, including Durham County deputy

A man arrested following a car chase Thursday evening that injured two people, including a Durham County deputy, was identified Friday.

Montes Miller, 19, of Durham, was taken to the Durham County jail after the incident that started near Southern High School, according to AnnMarie Breen, a spokeswoman for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office.

Miller is charged with fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger and speeding. His bail was set at $20,000.

Around 7:40 p.m. Thursday, narcotics unit deputies were conducting an investigation near Freeman Road and Clayton Road.

“They attempted to stop a silver Dodge Charger occupied by 3 males,” Breen wrote in an email. “The driver led deputies on a short pursuit that ended when the suspect vehicle ran a stop sign on Adams Street entering onto Holloway Street.”

A Sheriff’s Office patrol car responding to the scene collided with the Dodge Charger on Holloway Street, also striking a van, Breen wrote.

The driver of the van was not injured.

A deputy involved in the crash was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Breen wrote.

One person in the Dodge Charger was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Miller was taken to the jail, and a third was released.

The crash comes two weeks after a Durham County Sheriff’s Office detention officer died in a collision involving a car being chased by Durham police on Aug. 2.

Durham police said Tomaris Parker stole a car that morning, led police on a chase that started around 7:45 p.m. and caused a crash that killed 24-year-old Brooke Lyn Maynard, a mother of a 4-year-old daughter.

Parker, 33, is charged with second-degree murder. Other charges related to the car chase include felony fleeing to elude causing death, felony death by motor vehicle, failure to stop for a red light, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Police haven’t provided more information on the Aug. 2 car chase, including exactly how the fatal collision occurred and how fast the cars were traveling.

Virginia Bridges: 919-829-8924, @virginiabridges

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