1 dead after police chase ends in crash in Cumberland County

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
Police chase ends in a deadly crash in Cumberland Co.
At 12:30 a.m., Fayetteville police officers saw a vehicle that was reported stolen.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- A police chase Thursday morning in Cumberland County ends in a death.

At 12:30 a.m., Fayetteville police officers saw a vehicle that was reported stolen, which is said to be a trend within city limits. Officers tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the white passenger car did not pull over and fled from police.

This resulted in a pursuit. According to police, they temporarily lost sight of the vehicle as it turned from Elk Road onto Highway 301 South. They soon discovered the car had been involved in a serious crash and saw the driver running away.

According to investigators, the suspect vehicle had collided with another car coming from the other direction.

The driver was taken into custody.

Police officers also found a person dead, who had been ejected from the suspect vehicle. Their identity will be released until the next of kin is notified.

The driver of the other vehicle was not seriously injured and was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. The suspect and another passenger in the stolen vehicle were also taken to a hospital.

US Highway 301 is closed from Chickenfoot Road to Tom Starling Road.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal collision. The Fayetteville Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit will also investigate the actions of the officers.

This is an active investigation and additional information to include charges will be released once it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the North Carolina State Highway Patrol at (910) 486-1344. Anyone with information can submit anonymous tips through Fayetteville / Cumberland County Crime Stoppers by calling (910) 483-8477. Crime Stoppers information can also be submitted electronically by visiting http://fay-nccrimestoppers.org and completing the anonymous online tip sheet or by downloading the FREE "P3 Tips" app available for Apple devices in the Apple App Store and available for Android devices in Google Play.