Two dead after fleeing Mebane police
Two people died in a car crash early Sunday in Orange County after fleeing Mebane police. Mebane Police Department officers attempted to stop the vehicle, based on suspicion of impaired driving, near the intersection of U.S. 70 and Buckhorn Road at 1:23 a.m. Sunday, according to a press release from Mebane Assistant Chief Thomas Allen Byrd.
The driver failed to heed blue lights and siren, and a pursuit ensued, police reported. Police lost sight of the vehicle multiple times during the pursuit due the to driver’s speed, and it was last seen in the area of U.S. 70 and Forrest Avenue in Efland, eastbound.
Police saw the vehicle again when they approached the U.S. 70 and Interstate 85 Business interchange, where it had apparently been involved in a single vehicle accident, according to police. Officers found three people pinned inside the vehicle and called for emergency medical personnel, who determined that two of the occupants were dead. The third person in the car was transported to Duke University Medical Center. Mebane police said Sunday evening that the victims’ names are being withheld pending family notification.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. The officers involved in the pursuit have been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the administrative investigation, which is standard policy and procedure.
“One can never predict the outcome in these situations. We do know however, that loss of life is never the intent. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in this incident,” Mebane police said in a statement.
The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Mebane Police Department at 919-563-9031.