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Suspect in Fayetteville police chase surrenders

Posted January 7, 2010 10:51 p.m. EST
Updated January 8, 2010 8:59 a.m. EST

— The suspect in a Fayetteville police chase that left one man dead surrendered to authorities on Thursday evening.

Percyful Junior McIntyre, 24, faces charges of second-degree murder, felony speeding to elude arrest, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and felony hit and run, police said.

McIntyre is a suspect in an early Wednesday police chase that started when a woman called police to report a suspicious man who was looking in vehicles in the Ingleside Drive neighborhood.

The woman called police again a short time later and said that her husband was following the man who had stolen a silver Ford F-150 truck.

Police tried to pull over the suspect, but he refused to stop and a chase ensued. Officers said they started backing off the pickup in the Bragg Street area when it nearly crashed into several vehicles.

As the pursuit moved towards Pamalee Drive and Cain Road, two officers with marked patrol cars and blue lights flashing blocked the intersection "to reduce the likelihood of other vehicles being struck by the suspect vehicle," police said.

Police said a PT Cruiser driven by 43-year-old John Velandra “failed to yield to the officers at the scene and entered the intersection when the light in his direction of travel turned green.”

Shortly after entering the intersection, the pickup truck struck Velandra's vehicle and the suspect ran away, police said. Emergency crews took Velandra to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, police said.