Local News

Man Dies In Highway Chase

Posted December 21, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— The Highway Patrol is investigating a high speed chase that occurred Friday night and led to the driver's death. They said initial inspection indicates that the trooper, who was not injured, followed procedures.

At 10:43 Friday night, Trooper Wade Bulloch clocked a Ford Topaz doing 103 miles an hour on Highway 96. Bulloch chased the car for 14.7 miles, which took approximately 12 minutes.

The chase ended at a bridge on NC 1720, when a man later identified as Randy Earl Hicks, 38, crashed into a bridge guard rail. Hicks, from Zebulon, went through the windshield. He died at the scene.

Bulloch's car ran off the right side of the road, and his patrol car skidded onto the bridge, but he was not hurt.

Toxicology tests will be performed to see if Hicks was driving under the influence.