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By Clellie Allen
YOUNGSVILLE — A Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy was forced to use his vehicle to stop a pair of fugitives and prevent potential serious injury or death to innocent drivers at about noon June 20.
Deontre Dwayne Bradshaw, 27, and his reported girlfriend, Brittney Nicole Dudding, 26, were on the run from U.S. Marshals and wanted in connection with armed robberies in Maryland.
Deontre Bradshaw’s brother, Jeramey Kishain Bradshaw, 24, was also pursued by the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force for the same crimes, and was apprehended about the same time in the parking lot at the Wake Forest Lowe’s Home Improvement, 11800 Galaxy Drive. The brothers had reportedly been staying at 236 Carroll St., Wake Forest when they were discovered. News sources report that at the time of Jeramey Bradshaw’s arrest, he had a fully automatic SKS assault rifle in his vehicle. He was subsequently charged with having a weapon of mass destruction in addition to the fugitive charges.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy A.R. Roberts and Investigator Rinker were following up on a breaking and entering report on Gilcrest Farm Road when they heard an approaching siren. They saw a blue Isuzu SUV being pursued at high speed by an unmarked black SUV with activated blue lights and siren.
The fugitives blew through the stop sign at Gilcrest Farm Road and Cross Street (North White Street) without stopping.
Roberts and Rinker got into Robert’s marked patrol vehicle, turned on the lights and siren and got behind the two SUVs. They were notified by Franklin County Emergency Dispatch that the U.S. Marshals and Wake Forest police had just entered the county, chasing the blue Isuzu.
The fugitives were driving approximately 80 miles per hour in the 45-mph zone, and, according to Roberts’ report, did not slow down as they entered Youngsville and the accompanying 25-mph zone.
The suspects drove through the intersection of Cross Street and N.C. 96, again without stopping, and continued through the intersection of N.C. 96 and Main Street against a red light. Youngsville police deployed stop sticks in the intersection, but they were ineffective.
As the chase passed the police department, the marshals gave the lead to the Sheriff’s deputies. The suspects were forced to turn at Winston Street and they went left.
Roberts reported their speed on Winston Street, a short distance of only 0.3 miles, was in excess of 75 mph and as they crossed the railroad tracks, the suspects’ car flew 3-4 feet in the air and almost went out of control when it landed, nearly crashing into four cars lined up at the intersection with College Street.
The fugitives drove around the queued cars and made a left, heading back toward town and the Five Points intersection.
Roberts reported there were multiple vehicles in the intersection waiting to turn, including a tractor trailer loaded with logs. The fugitives gave no sign of slowing even though they were facing a red light. “There was no doubt in my mind … that if I allowed him to continue through this intersection, it could result in injury or death,” Roberts wrote in his report.
Roberts then accelerated to come up beside the blue SUV and ran his car into the side of the vehicle, forcing it to stop.
Roberts, Rinker and the marshals surrounded the SUV and after Rinker used his Taser to subdue Deontre Bradshaw, both suspects were taken into custody.
Deontre Bradshaw was served the fugitive warrant from Maryland and was also charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest and six additional citations related to reckless driving.
Dudding was served with a fugitive warrant.
Both were held without bond, to await extradition to Maryland. The SUV was seized by the Sheriff’s Office under the state’s Run and You’re Done law.