Suspect in fatal crash faces judge

Percyful McIntyre (Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

January 7, 2010 9:00:00 PM PST
A Fayetteville man charged in a deadly police chase went before a judge Friday afternoon. At his first court appearance, 24-year-old Percyful McIntyre asked a judge to lower his $265,000 bond, so he could get out of jail.

However, Judge George Franks told him it wasn't a bond hearing and if it was he was inclined to increase McIntyre's bond.

Police say McIntyre had been on the run since Wednesday morning. They say he jumped and ran after crashing a stolen pick-up truck he was driving. Police were chasing McIntyre after officers tried to pull him over.

Authorities had blocked traffic at an intersection when witnesses say 43-year-old John Valendra pulled around the police car, into the intersection and was T-boned by the speeding truck.

Valendra later died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

Valendra, a personal trainer, was a member of Manna Church, but was headed to teach a fitness class at the Highland Presbyterian Church gym.

The pastor there says everyone is devastated.

"John touched the military, he touched a wider community, and he was a good guy," Pastor Highland Presbyterian Church Dr. Ernie Johnson said. "That's the thing about it he was a good guy, solid fellow who wanted to help people and he was a faithful Christian."

Meanwhile, Velandra's funeral is scheduled for Tuesday morning at Manna Church in Fayetteville.

Velandra will be buried in the state veteran's cemetery near Fort Bragg.

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