1 person arrested after brief chase in Durham results in damage to 3 sheriff’s office vehicles

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – One person is in custody after a brief chase that resulted in three Durham County Sheriff’s Office vehicles getting damaged, according to spokesperson AnnMarie Breen.

Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, investigators attempted to pull over a man identified as Jarrius Christopher Johnson, 28, of Durham witnessed conducting multiple drug deals. The suspect pulled over, then left the scene, side-swiping a deputy’s vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

A short chase ensued. Deputies exited their vehicles to approach Johnson’s vehicle.

Deputies say Johnson then accelerated toward them striking two marked patrol cars, a tree, a fence, and a mailbox.

It ended near the 2500 block of North Duke Street. Two more sheriff’s office vehicles were damaged, but all the damage was described as minor, the sheriff’s office said.

Johnson was arrested and charged with multiple drug, assault and traffic offenses including two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, expired registration, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, and four counts of hit-and-run, among others.

He was booked into the Durham County Detention Center under a $75,000 bond.

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