Video released from chase, crash that killed Durham detention officer

Durham County News
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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Police released video Monday of the chase and crash that killed a 24-year-old Durham County Sheriff’s Office detention officer.

Brooke Lyn Maynard was killed on Aug. 2 when a suspect’s vehicle slammed into her Hyundai Sonata and a Chevy Impala at Duke Street and Club Boulevard, officials said. 

Maynard was a detention officer with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, police said. She began working with the sheriff’s office in November 2017.

Police said they tried to perform a traffic stop on a suspected stolen vehicle, but the driver didn’t stop. That resulted in a brief chase. 

The videos show the chase. Viewers can see the suspect’s car weaving in and out of traffic, and even going the wrong way down a one-way street. 

It also shows the aftermath of the crash. One officer gets emotional and was sent to her cruiser to calm down. Another officer can be told telling her, “That was not you at all. Look at me. That was not you. That was them.”

The Durham Police Department’s policy allows for vehicle pursuits when police believe a suspect has committed a violent felony, such as armed robbery. Click here to view that policy.

The vehicle was a gray 2007 Honda Accord that had been stolen at gunpoint, according to a news release. The chase started near the intersection of Elizabeth and Ramseur streets.

The short chase ended when the suspect vehicle crashed into the Impala and Sonata.

Maynard was pronounced dead at the scene.

CBS 17’s Amy Cutler described the scene as “horrific.”

The driver of the Accord, Tomaris Parker, is charged with second-degree murder in Maynard’s death, police said.

Friends, family, and coworkers remembered Maynard as someone with a bright future. 

“I think that the sky was the limit for Brooke,” said Maynard’s supervisor, Sgt. Walter Baker.

Maynard’s father, Mike Kelley, added: “All of her accomplishments aside, the one the thing that mattered the most to me is when she would tell me she loved me. I still love her very much.”

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