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Motorcyclist dies in Wake County chase, wreck

Posted March 6, 2011 7:55 a.m. EST
Updated March 7, 2011 6:23 a.m. EST

— A motorcyclist died in a wreck after leading authorities on a high-speed chase through Wake County Saturday night, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies clocked a Honda CBR 1000 motorcycle going 133 mph on Interstate 40, near the U.S. 70 Highway Bypass, around 11:30 p.m., said Phyllis Stephens, a spokeswoman for the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

She said that the driver refused to stop, and a 23-mile chase ensued along I-40, Interstate 440 and U.S. Highway 64 East.

State troopers said the motorcycle hit another vehicle on U.S. Highway 64 in Zebulon, then ran off the road and struck a guardrail.

The motorcyclist – Daniel Scott Barnes, 22, of Bailey – was ejected and died instantly, troopers said. No one else was injured.

Authorities have not released more information about the incident.

Barnes' friends said they were shocked by his death.

"He has never been in trouble. He's always been a straight kid – no drinking, drugs, any of that stuff," family friend Jason Worrell said. "He wanted to be a state trooper, was going back to school. Pretty ironic, really."

Worrell came out to the scene of the wreck Sunday.

"I had to just come out here and see what happened," he said. "Pick up a few pieces (of wreckage) – just something to remember him by."