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Kannapolis man dies in accident after traffic stop

A man died in a single-car accident early this morning in Kannapolis following a traffic stop.
Police are not releasing the victim’s name until the family is notified.
A Kannapolis Police officer did a vehicle stop at the intersection of Mable Avenue and Lane Street at 3:59 a.m. After talking with the driver, the officer suspected alcohol involvement. He did a sobriety test and found the driver was impaired.
When the officer tried to arrest the driver, the driver got back in his car and sped away, with the car’s lights off.
The car struck a telephone pole on Lane Street, killing the driver.
The Highway Patrol in investigating the accident.

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