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Zebulon police chase ends with crash, DWI arrest

Posted November 26, 2012

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— A Zebulon police chase ended with the suspect crashing near a bridge in Raleigh early Monday, injuring himself, a Zebulon police officer and a Wake County sheriff's deputy.

Police said John Michael Vincent Hyatt, of 520 Twin Creeks Drive in Goldsboro, was driving 106 mph in a 70 mph zone in Zebulon about 1 a.m. Officers tried to stop him, but he fled to Raleigh, where Wake sheriff's deputies joined the chase, police said.

Hyatt, 26, lost control of his vehicle, hit a guardrail, flipped over and landed in some trees at the Neuse River Bridge near the Old Milburnie Road intersection.

A Wake deputy quickly hit his brakes to avoid hitting Hyatt, causing a Zebulon police officer who was following to spin and hit the deputy's vehicle.

Hyatt, the police officer and deputy all sustained minor injuries and were treated at WakeMed Hospital, police said. Hyatt was charged with felony fleeing and eluding, DWI, speeding and two counts of property damage.

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  • Whatthehey Nov 27, 2012

    "Is it me or does anyone else find these comments quite disturbing. Where are we as a society that people would even consider making comments like this on a public forum?"

    Polar Ice, I regret to inform you that you made a wrong turn somewhere and have stumbled onto the Go-Low forum, NOT onto a site where you can engage in dialogue with rational people and find thoughtful analysis of issues that will benefit our community. But more to your point, here is a copy of one of the website's rules, which is broken often when law enforcement is the topic of discussion: Prohibited are postings which make:

    •Assumptions of guilt or innocence in crime stories, or advocacy for punishment of the accused. Remember, a charge is not a conviction and suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

  • readme Nov 27, 2012

    I'm okay with DUI being a year in prison for first offense, especially if combined with other crimes like negligent homicide / hit and run /fleeing police, etc. Put my tax dollars to work for a good cause! Some countries will execute you, this is getting off light!

  • piene2 Nov 27, 2012

    "No normal person would consider the “fault” of a loved one’s death to be any kind of consolation to their grief. Most sensible people would find it more important to prevent a tragedy than to determine who’s at for the tragedy.
    Polar Ice

    In the insurance industry there is a concept known as contributory negligence. It means that the speeding cop and the chase policy are responsible along with the evading suspect

  • Classified Nov 27, 2012

    Polar Ice - "What do you propose they say when people are killed DUE to the continued pursuit?"

    “That it's the fault of the cowardly law breaker running, not the law officers trying to stop them.” Heuman Bean

    No normal person would consider the “fault” of a loved one’s death to be any kind of consolation to their grief. Most sensible people would find it more important to prevent a tragedy than to determine who’s at for the tragedy.

  • piene2 Nov 27, 2012

    "Is it me or does anyone else find these comments quite disturbing. Where are we as a society that people would even consider making comments like this on a public forum?
    Polar Ice"

    If the moderators would allow it, I would re post my last comment. however since it is right under yours, just read it there.

  • Classified Nov 27, 2012

    “Cowardly runners in car chases just need to be removed from the vehicle once caught, and shot dead on the spot for the number of innocents, including officers, they endangered along the way.”
    “You break the law the police should be able to put a Howitzer up your tailpipe and blow you to kingdom come to stop you for good.”

    Is it me or does anyone else find these comments quite disturbing. Where are we as a society that people would even consider making comments like this on a public forum?

  • piene2 Nov 27, 2012

    "Why is he still alive?? There is no justice.
    US VET"

    I find the comments here most revealing of the character of some posters. Out of one side of their mouths they claim to believe in some god or other and object to a blob of tissue, fetus being flushed down a toilet and, out of the other side of their mouths they call for the death penalty for traffic infractions. There is a word for that. Now what could that word be? Oh yes, I remember, it is hypocrite.

  • Whatthehey Nov 26, 2012

    ECU4lifepurpgold said "Whats funny is all the people on here bashing the police for chasing him when they have no clue lol. OHHHHHHHH but if it was there baby they hit at 106mph drunk and killed them then they would be angry"

    Well, just as predicted this AM, there were all these posters that decided dissatisfaction with carnage caused by urban police chases = criticism of, or lack of appreciation for law enforcement. I didn't see anyone criticizing LEOs. Oh, and the guy wouldn't have been going 106 if he hadn't been chased, and you better believe I'd be angry if the the CHASE CAUSED my baby to be killed.

  • US VET Nov 26, 2012

    Why is he still alive?? There is no justice.

  • Dynol Yn Cael Ei Nov 26, 2012

    PracticalMagick - "Curious as to how many posters on this story (besides ECU4Life) are LEO's?"

    I'm curious to know how many are cop haters actually, cop haters who wouldn't hesitate to call 911 if they or someone they love were in danger - even though as a cop hater, they should face the music of that danger alone.

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