DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A man is now in custody after police say he attacked an officer after crashing his car on Friday morning.

According to the Durham Police Department, an officer tried to stop a vehicle for speeding just before 11 a.m. near the intersection of West Cornwallis Road and U.S. 15-501.

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The officer did not try to pursue the vehicle but found that the car crashed shortly afterward near the exit ramp from U.S. 15-501 to West Cornwallis Road, police said.

When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver, identified as 35-year-old Demario Holman of Durham, “became assaultive and attacked the officer, and attempted to render the officer unconscious,” according to a press release from Durham police.

An emergency chaplain who was riding with the officer then intervened and took the suspect into custody. A rifle and marijuana were also found inside the vehicle, police said.

Both the officer and the chaplain were taken to a local hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

Holman was arrested on the following charges:

  • Assault on a law enforcement officer with serious injury
  • Assault by strangulation
  • Assault inflicting serious injury
  • Possession of firearm by felon
  • Possess weapon of mass destruction
  • Felony possession of marijuana
  • Felony flee to elude
  • Carrying concealed gun
  • Resist public officer

He’s being held in the Durham County Jail under a $400,000 secured bond.