Eastern Carolina man pleads guilty to second-degree murder after police chase

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – It was an emotional day at the Onslow County courthouse as one family saw a loved one get put behind bars and another relived the pain of losing their grandmother.

“First of all, I’m happy the family can get some degree of closure today, I’m very pleased about that. Secondly, this individual got a very active sentence,” said Onslow County’s Diestic Attorney, Ernie Lee.

According to officials, 28-year-old Andrew Frazier led police on a vehicle chase in December 2022.

Deputies said they tried to stop Frazier for driving 77 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone. WITN is told the chase reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

“He shouldn’t have even been in the car. That was the first bad choice because his license was revoked. The second thing is speeding. The third thing was not stopping, and it just went from there,” said Lee.

The high-speed chase ended with the death of 84-year-old Lonell Jones. When Frazier failed to stop at the intersection of Ramsey Road and Kellum Loop Road, officials say the Jones family lived so close they could hear the sirens but had one idea it was because of their loved one.

Frazier ran from the scene, according to deputies, and was arrested by the New Bern Police Department the next day.

His lawyer says Frazier wanted to take accountability for his actions after the crash. “He wanted to set it right and untimely; that’s one of the decisions that your client has to make; it’s his decision to take a plea agreement,” said Scott Jack, Frazier’s Lawyer.

Now, Frazier will serve at least 13 years with a maximum of 17 years in state prison.

The district attorney says Frazier also has other driving charges, including a DWI in another county. It is unknown if he was impaired at the time of the chase.