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Two dead after police chase ends in crash in Moore County

Posted April 24, 2015
Updated April 25, 2015

— Two people died and a third person was injured Friday night after a car crashed into a tree during a police chase in Moore County, authorities said.

According to authorities, a Pinehurst police officer tried stopping a vehicle at about 9 p.m. on Juniper Lake Road near U.S. Highway 15-501.

The driver of the car initially pulled over to the side of the road, but it sped away once the officer was outside of his cruiser. The car wrecked shortly after, hitting a tree, investigators said.

Lashonda Belk, of Carthage, and Gregory Harris, of Aberdeen, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Patrick McKenny, of Carthage, was taken to the hospital, authorities said. The officer was not injured.

The Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck.

No additional information was immediately available.


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  • Jorge Valencia Apr 27, 2015
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    Exactly right Montel, senseless is the action that the driver decided not the JOB that the officer has been asked to do, running automatically makes you guilty of eluding and why did they do that, because its ok? cause law needs not be respected? Cause they need jobs? Or are they breaking a LAW? Guess John doesn't live anywhere near any of this stuff called crime and it's just so peachy a life that cops need not do their jobs.... What a maroon!

  • Christopher Rose Apr 26, 2015
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    Mike I could not agree more.

  • Mike C Apr 26, 2015
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    When encountered with by the police, comply npw, complain later, live l8nger. Woks for me.

  • Sara Hauser Apr 25, 2015
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    Addendum, apologies to Montel,should have typed John!!

  • Sara Hauser Apr 25, 2015
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    The driver chose to flee once the police got out of his cruiser. Learn some reading and comprehension skills, Montel..

  • Montel Burnette Apr 25, 2015
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    Really? I hope that is sarcasm and you're not being serious.
    The person made the choice to run. Not the cops.

  • John Tavolacci Apr 25, 2015
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    When are the police in North Carolina going to stop this madness of senseless police chases.... when?

  • Sammy Macloud Apr 25, 2015
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    I just do not GET why people think they can outrun the cops in a situation like this. They NEVER do and often end up dead.....sad that more paid the price for stupidity.

  • Wayne Boyd Apr 24, 2015
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    Another misguided citizen that paid the price for running. There's nothing, not even murder warrants that in my opinion. Even under the death penalty, it's seldom carried out.