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Two dead after fatal police chase in Orange County

Posted February 16

— Two people died early Sunday after their car crashed during a police chase that started in Mebane and ended in Orange County.

Mebane police said an officer tried stopping the 2005 Nissan Altima on suspicion of impaired driving shortly before 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and Buckhorn Road.

The driver, however, did not pull over and led police on a pursuit that lasted several miles.

Officers lost sight of the car near U.S. 70 and Forrest Avenue in Efland and later found it at U.S. 70 and Interstate 85 Business, where it had slammed into a guard rail.

Three people were pinned inside.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the driver, Michael Walker Jr., 20, of Hillsborough, and Jazzman Jacobs, 28, of Mebane, died at the scene.

Emergency crews took a teenager who was in a back seat to Duke University Medical Center with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

The Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck. The officers involved in the pursuit are on administrative duty, which is standard protocol.

"One can never predict the outcome in these situations," Mebane police said in a statement. "We do know, however, that loss of life is never the intent. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in this incident."

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident to call 919-563-9031.

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  • baldy1 Feb 20, 1:05 p.m.

    Should have "STOPPED"

  • williamraleigh Feb 20, 9:33 a.m.

    The police should have backed off the pursuit. How is this not murder? If they just would have not chased them these two young souls would still be alive.. Shame on the police. The blood is on your hands.

  • dwr1964 Feb 17, 7:16 p.m.

    JAKOFALLTRADES.....You hit the nail on the head. It has mostly to do with the fact that all of the people, believe they should have all things their way, all of the time. The issue is, the way they always want things, changes constantly, so that there is no possible way to figure out exactly what it is that they do want, at that particular time. The only guarantee is that no matter how much you try to please them, they will want exactly opposite, of what you provide. To put it in simple terms, you give them blue, but they want red. You give them red and they want blue. Either way, they always WANT, but claim they never get.

  • JAKOFALLTRADES Feb 17, 7:03 p.m.

    not saying that the operator and passenger deserved their outcome, but yall go take a look at their criminal history! It seems that the driver also had a suspended license and the passenger has been convicted before for running from the police. I wonder if the driver was coerced into doing the same.

  • JAKOFALLTRADES Feb 17, 6:52 p.m.

    Let's se, If the officer did not chase a suspected drunk driver, who obviously ignores the blue lights and sirens and this suspect crashes into an innocent family and the family gets killed. Then the officer is raked over the coals for not stopping the person. Now the officer gives chase to a suspected drunk driver who put himself along with his passengers in grave danger, but the officer loses sight of the suspect vehicle and the vehicle still does not slow down and continues on with disregard to public safety and crashes killing two of the people in the car and some of you still want to bash the police!! There are no words to describe. Some of these people rise and sleep under the very blanket of freedom the police provide and then question the manner in which they provide it. You should just say thank you and go about your way or I suggest you take an oath and wear a badge.

  • disgusted2010 Feb 17, 6:09 p.m.

    Lost sight of the car.....and later found it......

    I do not believe that statement. It is a... View More

    — Posted by THD

    Glad to have the testimony of an unbiased eye witness.

  • THD Feb 17, 6:06 p.m.

    Lost sight of the car.....and later found it......

    I do not believe that statement. It is a version of the truth.

    More like briefly lost sight of (like in a curve)

    The are trying to deflect any potential criticism of a high speed chase that killed two young people.

  • Viewer Feb 17, 5:20 p.m.

    Did anyone here check the North Carolina Department Of Public Safety
    Offender Public Information website to review the track records of the innocent civilians?

  • disgusted2010 Feb 17, 4:19 p.m.

    Let me guess, the police will investigate the police, and find the police were not at fault. View More

    — Posted by Moriahe

    What is there to possibly review in this instance? A cop tried to pull them over because of... View More

    — Posted by mockingbird313

    Well then, if the police have nothing to hide, certainly they wouldn't mind a citizens' review... View More

    — Posted by Moriahe

    Provide justification for a civilian review board. I'm guessing you can't other than your person... View More

    — Posted by colinmb123us

    Reading is fundamental. I did not "bash" anyone. I was writing against an idea, giving my opinion. And civilian review boards to control law enforcement is a page from the LIBERAL play book. And yes I do know what liberal as a term means. Do you understand the context that I am using here? Please attack my ideas but not my intelligence. But, I guess I should not be surprised as most liberals quickly devolve into name calling or other emotion based tactics as they do not understand logic or reason only visceral responses.

  • colinmb123us Feb 17, 4:01 p.m.

    Let me guess, the police will investigate the police, and find the police were not at fault. View More

    — Posted by Moriahe

    What is there to possibly review in this instance? A cop tried to pull them over because of... View More

    — Posted by mockingbird313

    Well then, if the police have nothing to hide, certainly they wouldn't mind a citizens' review... View More

    — Posted by Moriahe

    Provide justification for a civilian review board. I'm guessing you can't other than your personal distaste for police. Can you provide any evidence that can contradict the account? Doubtful.

    Might want to be careful. You have people like disgusted2010 incorrectly using the word liberal when talking about you.

    disgusted2010, do you even know what the word liberal or liberalism mean? Based on your bashing of Moriahe I'm guessing not. Challenging authority or authority’s account of things doesn't mean "liberal". If so, all you tight a-- conservatives screaming about Benghazi are the epitome of liberalism.

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