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Durham Police: Man who fled at 120 mph pulled over, then took off

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DURHAM, N.C. -

The Durham Police released details of a fatal crash from Friday evening, where a man fled from a Drug Enforcement Administration stop and wound up killing an innocent woman as well as himself.

Durham Police said Tuesday that Friday at approximately 6 p.m., an officer with the Durham Police Department’s Highway Interdiction Team was asked by the DEA to assist with a traffic stop of a suspected felony narcotics trafficker. Yr

Based on a review of the officer’s in-car camera video, the Durham officer, who was operating a marked vehicle, turned behind the vehicle driven by Angel Santana, 52, of Henderson from N.C. 98 onto Patterson Rd. After approximately one minute, the officer activated his patrol car’s overhead lights, police said.

The police said Santana “initially pulled over but quickly pulled back onto the roadway.”

The officer had a top speed of 68 mph in the 45 mph zone, while the wreck report said Santana was going 120 mph.

On the police radio reports released Tuesday, you can hear a responder say, “Code 3, code 3 – it’s going to be bad. You’re going to need to cut him out. We do have a pulse.”

The police said Tuesday that Santana sped away from the officer, who lost sight of him until the officer arrived at the fatal scene. Santana’s car crossed the middle line and slammed into one driven by Tamara White, 55, of Raleigh. White died en route to the hospital.

The fatal crash is being investigated by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, police said. In accordance with standard procedures, the Durham Police Department will also be investigating this incident to determine if departmental policies and procedures were followed.

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