06/06/2007

Kidnapping victim's Hummer hits cruiser; N.C. officer injured

From Staff Reports
The Greensboro News Record

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  — A Winston-Salem man said he was kidnapped at gunpoint before his vehicle collided with a police cruiser, injuring an officer.

Tarreyton Taree Carson, of 2821 Broadbay Drive, told police he was forced to drive his Hummer from his home about 11 p.m. Monday, police said.

The Hummer was heading west on Waughtown Street at Clemmonsville Road when it crossed the center line and collided with a police car driven by Sgt. A.R. Marion, who was on routine patrol.

Police said one man, who has not yet been identified, was shot in the head and was transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in critical condition. They said they did not yet know how the man was shot.

The other man, identified as Brandon Maurice Mathis, 19, of 217 N. Patterson St. in Statesville, fled the scene. Warrants have been issued charging Mathis with first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and first-degree kidnapping.

Marion was also taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries, including broken ribs.

Police did not say whether Carson was injured in the crash. A woman at his home declined to comment Tuesday.

Sparky Sparks, who lives in an apartment at the intersection, said it was amazing Marion survived. The police cruiser was in bad shape, he said.

"That thing was really jawed apart," Sparks said.

The Hummer was heading west on Waughtown Street at the Clemmonsville Road intersection when it crossed the center line and collided with a police car driven by Sgt. A.R. Marion, who was on routine patrol.

One man was critically injured with severe head injuries and transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The other man fled the scene.

Marion was also taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for non life-threatening injuries, including broken ribs. She was under observation as of Tuesday morning.

Police did not say whether Carson was injured in the crash. A woman at his home declined to comment Tuesday.

Sparky Sparks, who lives in an apartment at the intersection, said it was amazing Marion survived. The police cruiser was in bad shape, he said.

"That thing was really jawed apart," Sparks said. "A car doesn't have much of a chance against a [Hummer] like that."

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