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Driver in Police Chase Faced Speeding Charges, Had Record

Posted December 2, 2007

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— A driver who fled from police during a high-speed chase that left two young sisters dead had a lengthy criminal record – including driving, alcohol and drugs infractions – and was facing charges of speeding.

Since March 1997, Guy Christopher Ayscue, 38, of Henderson, spent 31 months as a free man and 72 months in jail or on parole. His last parole ended Sept. 27, a little more than two months before Saturday's chase and wreck in Franklin and Granville counties.

Franklinton police officer Michael Dunlap gave chase after seeing Ayscue, 38, driving very erratically in a Pontiac. The pursuit ended 15 miles later when Ayscue hit a 1999 Kia head-on killing Linsay Erin Lunsford, 18, and Maggie Rose Lunsford, 9.

Ayscue was due in Vance County court on Jan. 3 to face misdemeanor charges of speeding. Court records show he was charged under state statute 20-141(J1), which covers driving 15 mph over the speed limit or above 80 mph.

Ayscue served four years and nine months in Vance County for assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury and common-law robbery. He committed those crimes in June 2001, according to court records.

Ayscue first went to court in July 1987 when he plead guilty to purchase or possession of beer or wine underage and was fined $10.

Between July 1989 and December 1991, he faced at least 14 charges in court, mostly for drug, alcohol and driving offenses.

During that time, he was convicted of driving while impaired and plead down a charge of reckless driving to unsafe movement. For a DWI, he was initially sentenced to 30 days in jail, 1 year of probation and a $100 fine. But that sentence was suspended and, instead, Ayscue performed 24 hours of community service, turned in his license and paid the fine.

Another jail sentence – for carrying a concealed weapon – was suspended in 1989. Instead, Ayscue was ordered to complete 30 hours of community service, pay a $100 fine and turn his weapon over to the sheriff. Court records indicate he complied with those conditions.

Ayscue was also charged with DWI in 1989, 1990 and 1994. In one case, he was found not guilty of a DWI but convicted of lesser driving infractions; the other two were voluntarily dismissed.

Asycue's first jail time resulted from two cases of breaking and entering which he committed in 1997 and was convicted of in 1999. He was on a five-year probation then, stemming from convictions for felony possession of drugs and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana in 1992.

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  • denverbob234 Dec 2, 2007

    He was driving a Crown Vic

    Mustang, crown vic, what difference does it really make what he was driving. Why make an issue of a Mundane point?

  • Jokers Wild II Dec 2, 2007

    retired and luv it - you better go up a few notches if you want the ones responsible for this! Try the legislator's and all of those wonderful lawmakers on capitol hill that decide the sentencing guidlines that the judge must follow!

  • CSMs Alter Ego Dec 2, 2007

    "This was certainly a tragedy and it happens everyday on the roads by stupid drivers. This was special because we had a k-9 guy (what they need a K-9 guy in this little burg is strange, probably an easy money govt program) playing "Barney" going after a bad driver at 90 mph. Now leo-nc (who may or may not be a leo) defending everything, but maybe the K-9 guy wasn't the best to be in the chase and what he was driving wasn't suited to the chase. High speed chases on 85 or 95 can be done with a nice mustang, but if not appropriate, maybe K-9 guy should have said " another time". But we won't know.

    He was driving a Crown Vic.

  • bluewater Dec 2, 2007

    This was certainly a tragedy and it happens everyday on the roads by stupid drivers. This was special because we had a k-9 guy (what they need a K-9 guy in this little burg is strange, probably an easy money govt program) playing "Barney" going after a bad driver at 90 mph. Now leo-nc (who may or may not be a leo) defending everything, but maybe the K-9 guy wasn't the best to be in the chase and what he was driving wasn't suited to the chase. High speed chases on 85 or 95 can be done with a nice mustang, but if not appropriate, maybe K-9 guy should have said " another time". But we won't know.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 2, 2007

    Two innocent girls are lost for two reasons. This maniac criminal and the folks inside our criminal justice system that insist on letting people out of jail early. This guy is dead now so at least those clowns can't do this to us again.

  • JAFOinWF Dec 2, 2007

    It wasn't the police! While police have gotten a bad rap in the last year with alot of brutality in this country, this was not one of them. Blame the moron who caused all of this and he is dead along with the two innocent girls.

  • Iwasasoldier4u Dec 2, 2007

    leo-nc

    You are not going to convince any of these people what you say is correct, but one thing you can take to the bank is this guy in any way did any wrong to these people and an officer stopped the chase and let him get away they would be wanting to know why also. To all you people that are complaining about LEO's, you do the job for the crummy wages these people are paid dealing with people that have zero regard for human life. I bet not one of you will be willing to do the job. Police arrest the criminals, judges let them go remember that. The sad fact remains 2 young girls are dead because someone had to do someone else's job. I am not a cop but I have a lot of respect for the job they do and putting up with all the grief they have to take. You may have one of these brave people save your's or a loved ones life one day and you will thank god they were there.leo-nc keep up the good work and thank you.

  • tmedlin Dec 2, 2007

    leo-nc - you nailed it on the head! Place the blame, where the blame belonged!

  • NCGal Dec 2, 2007

    My heard breaks for this family. I think the chase should have been stopped, too. This should never have happened.

    Don't just blame lawyers for this felon being on the road. Somebody worked with the lawyers to have charges reduced/dismissed and somebody accepted the deals. He was awaiting trial for going above 80 mph. They would have slapped his wrist for this one too I guess.

  • peplquitwhinin Dec 2, 2007

    Lone Wolf, how do you know that did not happen? Ever been in a pursuit? Have any idea how hard it is to predict the course of a fleeing suspect? Can you predict what would have happened if the officer had decided not to continue the pursuit? Would people have died anyway? Was he a menace to the roads before the chase began? Do you complain about paying higher taxes which could put more officers on the road? When somebody comes flying past you on the road driving aggresively, do you complain that there is not an officer around to do something? When the driver cuts you off on the interstate and almost causes a crash, would you prefer an officer get them stopped to figure out what is wrong, or just let the driver continue because of the dangers of pursuits? Only ONE person is responsible for this tragedy! Only one person was acting criminally! That one person was driving in an unsafe manor before the officer ever attempted to stop him.

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