DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Durham police are investigating after a man died while fleeing in a stolen car during an attempted traffic stop, police said.
Around 10 p.m., an officer in an unmarked vehicle saw a Chrysler 200 on South Alston Avenue that was believed to be stolen and used in an armed robbery just 30 minutes earlier.
That officer requested backup and was assisted by an officer in a marked police vehicle. The marked vehicle got behind the Chrysler 200 and attempted to pull the vehicle over.
The driver, later identified as Patrick Edward Timberlake, 26, of Durham refused to stop and sped away.
Police said the Chrysler 200 ran off the Riddle Road, hit a ditch and flipped. The Chrysler slid until it hit a parked box truck.
The pursuit lasted less than 30 seconds before the Chrysler crashed, police said.
Timberlake died at the scene.
An investigation revealed the Chrysler was stolen at gunpoint around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday from a shopping center parking lot in the 3600 block of North Duke Street, police said.
Durham police said the vehicle was used in an armed robbery of the Circle K at 4830 Hope Valley Road just before the crash. The suspects stole cigarettes from the Circle K, police said.
The incident is under investigation.