Two hurt when police chase ends in crash

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 8, 2016

SALISBURY — A Salisbury woman was in fair condition Monday after the motorcycle she was riding Friday night reached speeds of more than 100 mph during a police chase and crashed at Old Concord Road.

The man driving the motorcycle was also said to be seriously injured.

Andrea White of Salisbury was riding a Yamaha motorcycle driven by Damon Ellis of Spencer.

The chase started at about 10:45 p.m., when a deputy at the intersection of Innes Street and Statesville Boulevard saw a motorcycle going about 50 mph in a 35 mph zone, said  Capt. John Sifford of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy got behind the motorcycle and paced its speed at 50 mph, Sifford said.

Once he caught up to the motorcycle at the Jake Alexander Boulevard stoplight, the deputy ran its tag through DMV and learned the tag and owner Damon Ellis’ license were revoked, Sifford said. When the deputy activated his blue lights and siren, the motorcycle made a U-turn and sped off.

“The motorcycle ran numerous red lights after failing to stop for the blue lights and siren, and accelerated to speeds over 90 mph.  There were numerous twists and turns that occurred during the chase,” Sifford said.

City police were asked to assist in the chase, and speeds got up to almost 120 mph, the captain said.

At some point, the chase covered parts of Jake Alexander Boulevard and Mooresville Road, according to a woman who was driving in the area. Angela LeBlanc said several vehicles were pursuing the motorcycle at high speed. “Many people’s lives were at risk,” she said.

The Highway Patrol investigated the wreck that ended the chase around 10:58 p.m.

According to the patrol, the motorcycle was traveling east on Jake Alexander Boulevard, failed to stop at the Old Concord Road stop light and hit two vehicles — a Ford Fusion driven by Amy Taylor Smith of Rockwell and a patrol car driven by Salisbury Police Officer Spencer Lakey.

Lakey’s cruiser was in the intersection with blue lights and siren activated, the Highway Patrol report said.

The pair on the motorcycle were thrown upon impact.

Ellis was transported to the hospital by Rowan EMS, and White was taken by Air Care, the Highway Patrol report said.

Both went toWake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the patrol said, but a Baptist spokeswoman said she had no report on Ellis Monday. She said White was in fair condition.

Charges are pending.