Report Says Officer's Speed In Fatal Chase Was 35 MPH Above Limit

By: Tom Skinner
By: Tom Skinner

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a Franklinton police officer hit speeds of up to 90 mph in a 55 mph zone while chasing an erratic driver who caused a fatal accident.

A police department policy prohibits officers from traveling more than 20 mph over the speed limit.

Officer Mike Dunlap was trying to stop 38-year-old Guy Christopher Ayscue. The 13-minute chase ended 15 miles away when Ayscue tried to pass two cars near the top of a hill in a no-passing zone.

Ayscue hit another vehicle head-on, killing two sisters.

Authorities say 18-year-old Linsay Erin Lunsford and her 9-year-old
sister, Maggie Rose, died instantly. Ayscue also was killed.

Franklinton Police Chief Ray Gilliam and Town Attorney Mitch Styers say they can't yet comment because they haven't seen the Highway Patrol's report.


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