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Report Clears DMV Officer in Fatal Chase

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RALEIGH — The state Highway Patrol said Tuesday that aDMV officer involved in a fatal high-speed chase followed properprocedures and was not at fault in the accident.

The Highway Patrol report on the accident said Division of MotorVehicles officer William Bridges admitted driving at speeds of up to 130mph while pursuing a stolen car.

Melody Moseley, 21, died when the car she was driving ran off the road,slammed into a tree and burst into flames. Police say Moseley stole thecar in Roanoke Rapids after its owner left it running while he went insidea restaurant.

A Division of Motor Vehicles officer spottedthe car on Interstate 95 and chased it onto Highway 48.

The Highway Patrol investigation showed that Bridges was behind atractor trailer and not directly behind Moseley when the crash occurred.

The DMV will do it's own internal investigation of the chase, which isstandard procedure for any chase that results in an accident andpersonal injury.

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