Troopers: Car linked to assault was pulled over then sped off leading to fatal Ayden crash

AYDEN, N.C. (WITN) – The Highway Patrol says police in one Eastern Carolina town tried to stop a car tied to a domestic assault that later crashed, killing the driver

The crash happened around 9:20 p.m. at Highway 11 and Highway 102 in Ayden.

Trooper Rico Stevens says a Winterville police officer tried to stop the speeding car that matched the description of a car involved in an earlier assault

The driver initially pulled over on Highway 11, but as the officer approached the car, it sped off.

Stevens says as the car came up on the intersection of 11 & 102, it ran the light and hit another car. It then crossed over the median and struck an SUV head-on in the northbound lane.

There was not an active police chase at the time of the crash, the Highway Patrol says.

The speeding car caught fire with the driver still inside, the trooper said. The other drivers were taken to ECU Health Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Stevens says they are awaiting results from the Medical Examiner’s Office to positively identify the dead driver.

Winterville police say the domestic assault happened at the State Employees Credit Union that’s on the corner of Highway 11 and Davenport Farm Road.