Motorcyclist Dies After Trooper Chase

A New Bern man is dead after troopers say he led them on a high speed chase Thursday afternoon down Highway 70.

Shane Perry was killed when his motorcycle crashed on Greenfield Heights Boulevard in Havelock.

Troopers say they tried to stop Perry around Carolina Pines for speeding, but the motorcyclist took off. Troopers say the motorcycle was going about 115 miles per hour.

The 34-year-old man crashed his motorcycle after turning onto Greenfield Heights Boulevard. Troopers say he went around a curve and speed was a factor in the crash.

It's not clear why Perry wouldn't stop for the Highway Patrol.


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  • by Citizen Location: New Bern on Mar 13, 2010 at 09:46 PM
    Let me preface this with my sympathies for the Perry family with whom I'm indirectly connected. I find myself reading all of these posts and so many of them have a slanted view of the situation. I wonder how many of you "Trooper Bashers" would have the same feeling had the speeding motorcyclist hit and killed your Mother. Your Child. Your Father. Your Husband. Your Wife. Who of you would tell the Troopers to slow down in racing to the side of your loved one because they shouldn't be speeding through traffic lights? Such a double standard. Shane lost his life tragically, Shane was loved, Shane was a good man. Let me tell you had he killed or injured my loved one while running from a blue light I would certainly want those Troopers to do their job in protecting me and mine from someone driving illegally. His license was revoked for a reason people. The one responsible for Shane's death was Shane himself. Because of his irresponsible driving, 2 boys will now grow up without a DAD.
  • by CAH Location: Oriental, NC on Mar 8, 2010 at 03:39 PM
    The blame is not the major the factor, a life was lost a wife and children along family grieve. The responsibility falls on both parties. The citizen which should have stop and the Trooper for pursuing causing the young man adrenalin to pump. To the family, my prayers are with you during this difficult time, be blessed.
  • by Jack Location: NC on Mar 6, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    Use to work in law enforcment. Was solely responsible for starting a chase one evening which ended in tragic consequences. They were just some young teens from good families having some fun... They had not really done anything wrong. Was just going to tell them to quiet it down some... Things got way out of hand. Once the adrenalin started flowing, my coworkers persued them like they were hardened criminals. They're dead now because of what I did that night.
  • by TDO on Mar 6, 2010 at 03:36 PM
    As a biker, RIP Shane. We have all made bad decisions in our lives, unfortunately his mistake cost him his life. If he had simply pulled over, the consequences would have ben different. Troopers undergo extensive driving training, and chances are if you run, you will die or receive serious injuries,not to mention jail time.
  • by carl Location: goldsboro on Mar 6, 2010 at 03:09 PM
    There's only one person responsible for this trajedy, and that person is Shane Perry. He is responsible for putting each and every person on that street or highway in jeopardy of losing their lives. Place the blame where it belongs!
  • by To Ann Location: ENC on Mar 6, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    Obviously you have no idea what law enforcement officers have to go through. Take this same minor violation you refer to. If you were crossing the road with your children and he ran the stop sign either striking you are your children, you would complain that the officer was not doing his job enforcing the law. So now you blame the officer for doing his job because some idiot decides not to stop for an infraction. Do you honestly believe we set around begging people people to run so we can be in a high speed chase, get real and wake up. Just to clarify on your civil suit comment; you can not hold an officer responsible for injuries involving a high speed chase unless the officer used gross negligence. Translated just because some ignorant person does not want to get a ticket, runs and hits a car head on thats not the officers fault (According to the supreme court)it was the choice the idiot made the resulted in the injuries. It seems that people like you want to complain and have no idea
  • by Concerned Location: New Bern on Mar 6, 2010 at 12:17 PM
    I think most people here are missing the point. This is my suggestion to law enforcement officers. I think you all deserve a holiday. You guys are really overworked. And I think you should all take the same day, week, or month off. Then people like Ann, High Speed Chase, Mom, Not a NCHP fan, and others would understand just what it is law enforcement officers do for a living as they watch what the officers don't do grow on their streets and in their homes. And even though there was only one death in this case. I think we need to think about the officer who watched all of this unfold. May The Motorcycle Rider Rest In Peace, May His Family Find Peace In Their Hearts, Souls, And Minds. And May The Officer Have Peace Of Mind.
  • by Thugs will be Thugs Location: MCH on Mar 6, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    Well put JL.
  • by S Location: ENC on Mar 6, 2010 at 09:18 AM
    If this wasn't such a sad situation,it would be hilarious to read some of these idiotic posts from people who have no clue about law enforcement...This so-called nice motorcyclist broke the law...plain & simple...he made the choice to run...the officer did not make that choice, the motorcyclist did...what about that statement can't you bleeding hearts understand? supposed this guy had run over your children with his motorcycle? Would you have wanted him apprehended or just let go....It makes me sick to read this crap about another better way to stop him....Armchair quarterbacks aren't very popular....get a grip & don't post until you have been in that officer's shoes....You whiners are pathetic!!
  • by Think... Location: Havelock on Mar 6, 2010 at 08:39 AM
    I only read a few comments which was enough. Other sources have reported this story with the added detail that the office STOPPED pursuit when the chase reached a populated area. The cyclist continued driving like an idiot by choice and his fate was the result of his own actions only. Start blaming the offenders and holding the criminals responsible for their own behavior. It is just ignorant to blame the police for this. They were no longer in pursuit! I for one THANK the law enforcement for trying to get these idiots off the road.
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