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Suspect, deputies hurt in struggle

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Two Nash County deputies and a suspect ended up at the emergency room Monday after a routine traffic stop took a violent turn.

Patrol Capt. Chris Cary said a deputy stopped Percy Rathel Brown III, 53, on N.C 97 near the Franklin County line because his vehicle had fictitious tags. Once the car was stopped, Brown reportedly backed out of the vehicle and took off running into the woods, Cary said.

After about a 15-minute chase in which the first deputy was joined by three others, Brown was captured but responded violently.

“He had a very violent confrontation with the officers,” Cary said. “He obviously did not want to be captured.”

Brown already had warrants out on him in Wake County for assaulting a government official and resisting, obstructing and delaying arrest. The state Department of Public Safety database indicates that he has several past convictions on charges ranging from speeding to elude arrest to possession of stolen goods.

Charges from Nash County are pending as he cannot be processed until he is released by the hospital. As of presstime, Brown was still at Nash UNC Health Care in stable condition under the observation of a physician. The condition of the two deputies is unknown, but Cary said their injuries appeared to be relatively minor.

Nash County Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said Brown gave his deputies a tough time.

“He was an extremely difficult individual to deal with,” Medina said.

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