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Speeding suspect to appear in court this afternoon

The person who was speeding westbound on N.C. 54 toward Durham and then eastbound toward UNC campus Friday morning has been charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, felony hit and run, careless and reckless driving, failure to yield to a blue light and siren, resisting arrest and other misdemeanor traffic charges, according to a press release from the Chapel Hill Police Department.

The Chapel Hill Police Department has apprehended 22-year-old Dontay Antwanne Rone in connection with the pursuit. He was evaluated at UNC Hosptals before being taken to Orange County Jail, where he was given a secured bond of $15,000. 

According to the arrest report, Rone has a Chapel Hill address. 

Rone was speeding at about 9:56 a.m. Friday and fled the police to Durham, where he hit a vehicle and then turned around, heading toward campus.

Rone collided with a second vehicle at the corner of South Road and Country Club Road, after which he fled on foot. He was then apprehended in the School of Government parking deck. 

Lt. Josh Mecimore, spokesman for the Chapel Hill Police Department, said Rone will first appear in court at 2 p.m. today. 

He said the crash in Chapel Hill involved a Triangle Transit bus and an SUV, in addition to Rone's vehicle. 

The investigating officer estimated the combined damage to all three vehicles at $17,000. 

"The driver of the SUV and the suspect were taken to UNC-ED for evaluation," Mecimore said. "I do not know the condition of the driver of the SUV."

Mecimore also said Rone was not charged with any alcohol or drug offenses in connection with the pursuit.

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