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Report Clears DMV Officer in Fatal Chase

Posted February 4, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

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

The Highway Patrol report on the accident said Division of Motor Vehicles officer William Bridges admitted driving at speeds of up to 130 mph 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 the car in Roanoke Rapids after its owner left it running while he went inside a restaurant.

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

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

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