- Associated Press - Saturday, June 30, 2018

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man is dead after a high-speed chase that ended with his vehicle crashing into a tree.

Media reports say 22-year-old Shonquelle Barrett of Aberdeen died at the scene between Aberdeen and Pinebluff on Friday night.

Highway Patrol spokesman Ray Pierce says a state trooper chased a Honda Accord that turned to avoid a police checkpoint and bumped the fleeing car. It’s not clear whether the pursuing trooper bumped the car accidentally or intentionally to end the chase before it reached high-traffic areas in Aberdeen.

Barrett lost control of the car, which crashed into a telephone pole and a tree.

Reports say speeds during the pursuit hit 80 miles an hour.



The trooper hasn’t been identified. The State Bureau of Investigation is studying the incident.

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