Two dead in crash after DWI suspect flees Mebane police

From staff reportsFebruary 16, 2014 

— Two people died in an Orange County wreck after the driver refused to stop for Mebane police officers who attempted to pull the car over on suspicion of driving while impaired, according to a Mebane police press release.

The high-speed chase started at 1:23 a.m. Sunday near U.S. 70 and Buckhorn Road in Mebane, and proceeded east, with officers occasionally losing sight of the vehicle because of its high speed. Officers last saw the vehicle fleeing near Forrest Avenue in Efland.

They later discovered the 2005 Nissan Altima near the I-85/U.S. 70 connector after an apparent one-car accident, about 4.5 miles from where the chase began. Mebane assistant police chief Thomas Byrd said his department’s policy does not include a maximum speed for vehicle pursuits. The chase lasted two to three minutes over the course of about four miles, Byrd said

Mebane police would not clarify whether the car swerved off the road or rolled, citing an ongoing investigation.

Two of the three occupants, including the driver, were declared dead at the scene. The third was taken to Duke University Medical Center. The names of the victims have been withheld pending family notification.

State Highway Patrol was called to investigate the wreck. The release said the officers involved have been placed on leave during the investigation, a standard procedure.

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