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Couple Leads Troopers On High-Speed Chase Through Wake County

Posted July 25, 2005 5:58 a.m. EDT

— A high-speed chase in Wake County involving the N.C. Highway Patrol reached 120 miles per hour Sunday morning and ended the same way it started -- with a suspect in handcuffs.

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Troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol stopped Michael Moore for speeding early Sunday morning, and then arrested him for driving without a license.

Despite the arrest, the suspect told his wife to speed away, which Tina Brown did with her two teenage children in the car.

The couple, from Virginia, led troopers on a high-speed pursuit that began on U.S. 1 and continued on N.C. 55 before returning to U.S. 1.

The chase lasted about half an hour and ended on I-40, near the Gorman Street exit, after troopers executed a "rolling roadblock" -- in which troopers boxed in the couple as one cruiser drove alongside the couple's vehicle and another cruiser drove in front to force the suspects to slow down.

No accidents or injuries were reported, and three patrol cars were slightly dented, troopers said.

The couple faces a number of charges, including almost killing Sgt. Tony Gibson of the N.C. Highway Patrol. Gibson was standing near a roadblock when the couple approached it driving about 60 miles per hour, he said.

"It was very close, but luckily I was able to get out of the way," Gibson said.

The teenage children are with their grandparents. Troopers said Brown gave no reason for speeding off, only that she was scared and was encouraged by her husband.

Troopers said they would not have pursued the car as aggressively if they had known Brown's children were in the suspect's vehicle.

Both Moore and Brown made their first court appearances Monday afternoon. Moore's bond was set at $200,000; Brown's bond was set at $500,000. Both were still in the Wake County Jail Monday afternoon.