Main Street pursuit results in several injuries
by By Zach Maxwell
A high-speed chase through downtown Durant ended when a car plowed into a business Monday. At least three people, including the suspected driver, were injured.
The incident occurred around 2:15 p.m. Monday when a Pontiac Grand Am sped eastbound on Main Street with a Durant police officer in pursuit. Multiple witnesses estimated the car had reached 90 mph.
When the Grand Am crossed the railroad tracks on East Main Street, it struck a white GMC Jimmy and careened left into the side of Rustin Concrete offices.
Only the car’s rear bumper stuck out of the ruined brick edifice. The driver fled on foot and police swarmed the area around Katy Avenue and Cedar Street.
The driver was apprehended behind a fast-food restaurant on North First Avenue. Michael Shane Avery, 29, was booked into Bryan County Jail on suspicion of four felonies, three misdemeanors, as well as three outstanding warrants from Marshall County.
The driver of the GMC was briefly trapped in her vehicle until Durant Fire Department personnel arrived with equipment to pry open the door. She was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
A report from Durant Fire Department indicated that a woman inside Rustin Concrete offices had sustained minor injuries and was taken to a hospital by private vehicle.
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