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‘I don’t remember what happened,’ says accused driver in crash that killed Durham sheriff’s worker

August 7, 2018

Two men who were in a stolen car that slammed into two other vehicles last week during a police pursuit in Durham, killing a county detention worker have now been charged in connection with the fatal crash, court documents show.

Tomaris Lamont Parker, 33, of Durham, has been charged with second-degree murder, felony death by vehicle, failure to stop at a red light and eluding arrest in a motor vehicle causing a death. He was being held Monday at the Durham County Jail in lieu of a $2 million bond.

Deshon Carrington has been charged with felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle, authorities said. He was also being held Monday at the Durham County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He was a passenger in the car during the incident. He appeared Monday in court while sitting in a wheelchair.

The police chase began Thursday evening when Durham officers were trying to stop a Honda Accord that had been reported stolen at gunpoint from Alston Avenue earlier in the day.

The driver of the vehicle, identified in court documents as Parker, fled from the scene and was chased by police for at least 10 minutes before the Honda collided into a Chevrolet Impala and Hyundai Sonata at the intersection of Club Boulevard and N. Duke Street.

Brooke Lyn Maynard, 24, of Durham, was driving the Hyundai when her car was struck. She died at the scene, police said.

Maynard was a detention officer who worked for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities have said Maynard had been employed with the Durham sheriff’s office since November 2017 and was a recent graduate of the Sheriff’s Office Basic Detention Officer Training Academy.

Speaking to WRAL News from the Durham jail, Parker said he is praying for the family of Brooke Maynard.

“I don’t remember what happened,” he said. “I don’t remember nothing.”

He said he is remorseful about what happened.

“I just want to apologize for whatever wrongdoings I may have caused,” he said. “I found out someone lost their life . . . and I didn’t have no intentions of hurting anyone.”

Parker said he doesn’t know Carrington, the co-defendant who police say was the passenger in the car when the crash occurred.

A vigil was held Monday night as a tribute to the Durham detention officer, who leaves behind a young daughter named Chloe.

“I’m mad. I’m angry. I’m sad for her family. I’m heartbroken for Chloe,” said Allison Ange. “She was the sweetest person I’d ever met. Her strength was an inspiration to me.”

According to the search warrant obtained by police, Parker admitted to smoking crack cocaine and drinking alcohol before the chase that ended in the death of Maynard.

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