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Grandson of NC mayor killed in crash during police chase in Moore County

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (WNCN) - Authorities say 22-year-old Shonquelle Devare Barrett of Aberdeen died after when he crashed the Honda Accord he was driving into a telephone pole and tree during a police chase, according to the Aberdeen Times.

The pursuit started in Southern Pines and ended on U.S. Highway 1, between Aberdeen and Pinebluff shortly after 10 p.m. Friday night.

The chase began when Barrett, who is reported to be the grandson of the mayor of the Town of Taylortown, approached a North Carolina State Highway Patrol checkpoint then backed up and sped off.


According to one State Trooper at the scene, the newspaper reports, as the vehicle was approaching Aberdeen the decision was made to use a PIT maneuver, or Pursuit Intervention Technique, to attempt to stop the vehicle before it reached the busier intersections ahead in Aberdeen.

The PIT maneuver is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing car can force a fleeing car to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop.

The Aberdeen Times reports the PIT maneuver caused Barrett to lose control of the vehicle and slide sideways off the roadway and into a telephone pole and tree.

Officers immediately started CPR until paramedics arrived but Barrett was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. 


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