Robbery suspect flips car while fleeing from Durham police

The force of the crash caused the car to flip upside down.
January 16, 2014 6:27:49 AM PST
A suspect wanted in an armed robbery, led police on a chase through Durham Wednesday night before crashing his car.

Around 10 p.m., deputies received a call about an armed robbery at Tortilleria Y Carniceria in the 3800 block of Wake Forest Highway and that the suspects fled the scene in a white Toyota Corolla.

Deputies spotted a vehicle matching the description near Holloway Street and N. Miami Boulevard and attempted to stop the car, but it kept going.

After a brief chase, the car crashed at the intersection of N. Guthrie Avenue and Evergreen Street.

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Witnesses said the Toyota hit a tree and embankment before hitting a parked SUV. The force of the crash caused the car to flip upside down.

The driver, 18-year-old Jose Luis Perez-Alejandre, was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Another suspect inside the car was able to escape and fled the scene. Authorities are currently searching for the unidentified man.

After the accident, authorities said they found weapons and evidence related to the robbery inside the Toyota Corolla.

Meanwhile, Perez-Alejandre has since been released from the hospital and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting a public officer and simple affray.

Authorities said the Toyota Corolla Perez-Alejandre was driving had been stolen hours before the crash.

Perez-Alejandre is currently in the Durham County Jail under a $253,000 bond.

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