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Fatal Person County police chase was 'textbook' case

Posted April 6
Updated April 10

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— Authorities are often challenged with making split-second decisions in dangerous situations.

In Person County, the sheriff's department puts a lot of trust in its officers to make the right call.

"Danger to themselves, danger to the public...there are so many factors and such quick decisions and discretionary stuff that have to go into that call," said Chief Deputy Kevin Crabtree.

Crabtree said his department stands by his officers’ decision Monday to chase a vehicle that turned around ahead of a traffic stop.

In Person County, deputies can chase anytime someone fails to stop. Officials said that was the case on Monday.

When the car didn't stop at the checkpoint, Roxboro Police put out a BOLO alert.

A deputy spotted the car at an intersection and when it did not stop, the deputy started the chase.

The pursuit ended in a fiery crash that killed the driver, 28-year-old Durham resident Clarence Leon Davis, and injured Earl Bailey, who was in a separate vehicle.

"Our officers conducted themselves professionally and accordingly," Crabtree said. "The officer that was lead on the chase did it textbook from the way he called it in, to the way he did everything."

Deputies said Davis topped 100 mph, even crossing medians. They tried to use roadblocks and stop sticks, but nothing worked.

Deputies said the car was stolen and a stolen gun was also found in the car.

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  • Jeff Freuler Apr 7, 7:36 a.m.
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    Still trying to find blame inthe police instead of pointing the finger where it belongs at the person who made the decision to flee.