Chase ends in crash
WINTON – A vehicular chase that began in Gates County ended with a car flipped on its roof near here Friday afternoon.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Gates County Sheriff’s Office have charged 19-year-old Tracy Lamont Moore Jr. of Ahoskie with careless and reckless driving and speeding to elude arrest following the accident, which occurred shortly after 12 noon on the south side of the Chowan River Bridge on US 13.
The chase originated on US 158 at Gates County High School. Law enforcement officials would not reveal the circumstances of why the vehicle driven by Moore was at the school or why he failed to stop when Gates County and Highway Patrol officers were in pursuit.
Sgt. A.L. Bowen of the NC Highway Patrol office in Ahoskie did say that Hertford County Sheriff’s deputies did deploy “stop sticks” just prior to the accident in an effort to terminate the chase.
Bowen, the investigating officer at the accident scene, said the mishap occurred after Moore lost control of the 1996 Oldsmobile passenger car he was operating, ran off the left side of the road into the medium, and overturned numerous times before coming to rest on a guardrail in the northbound lane.
Moore’s vehicle also impacted a 2004 Nissan passenger car driven by 21-year-old Daniel Casey Jr. of Ahoskie. Casey’s vehicle was northbound on US 13 at the time of the accident.
Bowen said Moore and one of his two passengers, Deante Mizelle, 20, of Ahoskie, were injured in the crash. Another passenger, Sterling Thigpen, 19, of Ahoskie, was not injured.
Casey was also injured, along with his passenger, 18-year-old Tristen Hedges of Corapeake.
The extent of those injured is not known.