Chase Suspect Charged With Trying To Kill Three Deputies

Authorities say a man tried to kill three deputies during a high speed Tuesday.

Darius Sykes is charged with three counts of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and flee to elude arrest.

Halifax County deputies say it started as a domestic assault call. A responding deputy spotted the suspect on Piney Grove Church Road and began a chase, assisted by the Highway Patrol.

Troopers deployed stop sticks, blowing out one of the vehicle's front tires. The chase continued down Highway 48 and lawmen say an approaching deputy nearly wrecked when Sykes turned directly in the path of the cruiser.

A few minutes later a Roanoke Rapids officer nearly wrecked his vehicle when deputies say Sykes turned into the path of his patrol car as well.

In the parking lot of Halifax Regional Medical Center, deputies say Sykes struck a county cruiser, and then rammed another deputy's patrol vehicle. No one was injured in the chase and Sykes is being held without bond.

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