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Sunday September 26th

Carrboro Police Take Part in High-Speed Chase

Juan Daniel Martinez, 18, of C3 112 Hwy 54 in Carrboro, initiated the high-speed chase that later led to a foot-chase while driving a teal, 1993 Ford Taurus by speeding up when a Carrboro officer initiated a traffic stop at 8:57 p.m. Monday night, reports state.

Martinez was charged with one felony count of eluding arrest, one misdemeanor count of reckless driving, one misdemeanor count of possession of a hand gun, one misdemeanor count of resisting a public official, one misdemeanor count of unsealed liquor in the passenger seat and two misdemeanor counts of speeding, reports state.

Reports also state that Martinez was charged with one misdemeanor count of not having a drivers license. Martinez was taken to Orange County Jail and placed under a $3,000 bond, reports state.

According to reports, Martinez, who had two other people in the car, eventually exited the car and led the Carrboro police on a foot-chase before being caught at 2:29 a.m. Tuesday.

Martinez sped past an officer sitting at Oleander Drive, who tried to initiate a traffic stop on Hwy 54, and turned left onto West Poplar Avenue. Martinez turned left into Ramsgate Apartments and traveled toward Old Fayetteville Road at a high rate of speed, reports state.

Martinez turned left onto Old Fayetteville Road and traveled toward Jones Ferry Road.

As the vehicle traveled east on Old Fayetteville, it crossed in the west-bound traffic, reports state.

The vehicle then ran the red light at Old Fayetteville Road and Jones Ferry Road making a U-turn in the middle of the intersection and started traveling west on Old Fayetteville toward West Poplar Ave, reports state.

The arresting officer reported that as he followed the vehicle, it crossed into the east-bound side of traffic and then crossed the road, leaving the roadway on the west-bound side of Old Fayetteville Road, next to Arbor Meadows.

Reports state that officials responded to the area and were unable to locate the suspects. The driver and the front side passenger exited, and both left the area, running toward Carrboro Plaza, reports state. Reports did not identify the second suspect. A third passenger stayed in the car, reports state. Outside the driver door, the officer discovered a loaded .22 Smith and Wesson handgun, reports state.

The third suspect, Andre Demetrius Gordon, 19 of N8 112 Hwy 54 Arbor Meadows, was arrested, but was released because of lack of evidence, reports state.

During a dispatched call to Chaucer Court, officers investigated a breaking and entering and a larceny of motor vehicle, reports state.

The car owner, who was involved in the pursuit, identified the suspect driving the vehicle, reports state. According to reports, the second suspect also was identified and warrants were obtained.

Martinez's court date is scheduled for Sept. 11 at the Orange County District Court in Hillsborough.

The City Editor can be reached at citydesk@unc.edu.

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