NEW INFO: Convicted Felon Leads Lawmen On Two-County Chase

Deputies say a convicted felon led them on a chase that started in Beaufort County and ended in neighboring Hyde County. Officials say the driver crashed into another vehicle on a bridge that is under construction.

Troy Beacham, Sr. is facing ten charges in Beaufort County due to the chase, and deputies say more charges are expected.

The 44-year-old man was treated and released from Beaufort County Medical Center and then placed in the county jail on a $25,000 bond.

Beacham was charged by deputies with felony flee to elude arrest, driving while impaired, no operators license, reckless driving, no insurance, fictitious tags, open container in passenger area, resist a public officer, driving left of center, and failure to stop at a stoplight.

Department of Correction records show Beacham has a criminal record, including convictions for involuntary manslaughter and assault on a policeman. He spent 14 years in prison and was released in 1996.

Officials say Beacham ran after wrecking a van on Highway 264 and Braddy Road in Beaufort County. When a sheriff's deputy pulled up to assist, officials say the van sped away.

The van went down Highway 264 into neighboring Hyde County. During the chase several vehicles were forced off the highway.

Witnesses say he was driving 50-60 mph. The van wrecked about seven miles past the county line, officials say, at the Walter B Jones Bridge just east of Ponzer.

Because of construction on the bridge, a traffic signal allows only one lane to pass at a time. Witnesses say Beacham ran the red signal and hit another van coming the other direction.

Sheriff's Captain Kenneth Watson says after the crash Beacham tried to jump off the bridge, but deputies tasered him and kept him from jumping.

Trooper Chris White says Esther Clark was in the other van heading west. Her two young grandchildren were secured in car seats and picked up by a relative. The 63-year-old Scranton woman was taken to the hospital with a neck injury, according to White.

The trooper says the two vans didn't hit directly head-on, but struck headlight to headlight.

In the Braddy Road accident the Highway Patrol has charged Beacham with no operators' license, fictitious tags, driving with consuming alcohol, open container, seat belt violation and exceeding the speed limit.


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  • by Mark on May 21, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    Hang 'em high! Repeat felon, we don't need to waste time, money or our O2 on this low life.
  • by Just Curious on May 16, 2011 at 07:06 PM
    To WITN, why did so many comments get deleted?
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      by April Davis on May 16, 2011 at 07:17 PM in reply to Just Curious
      They were offensive to the mother of a murder victim.
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        by A FRIEND on May 18, 2011 at 09:38 PM in reply to April Davis
        And rightly so. Diane is my precious precious friend and we had sons the same age at the time. I CANNOT bear to imagine. How can ANY be so cruel as to say ugly things to a mother who lost a child.....?
  • by concerned Location: Wake on May 15, 2011 at 03:28 PM
    Unfortunately this type of situation happens everyday, everywhere. This man doesn't care about his own life let alone anyone else. This man is a danger to everyone in his path. Thank God this was not a fatality.
  • by mforce Location: pinetown on May 15, 2011 at 09:43 AM
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      by OMG on May 15, 2011 at 10:07 AM in reply to mforce
      Thanks so much for your post.All of the charges he has!Talk about one Felon covering for another. WOW!
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      by :) on May 15, 2011 at 02:11 PM in reply to mforce
      Hahaha!
  • by bubba Location: washington on May 15, 2011 at 07:18 AM
    Everyday we wake up and hear someone has died been hurt or has killed someone because of alcohol.The goverment knows how dangerous this stuff is but yet it is legal.WHY?Marijuana isnt legal and I believe it isnt as dangerous.I dont care what anyone says like "If you cant handle it dont drink it"yeah I agree but it just isnt that easy.Its a killer disease. So many lives lost or destroyed.Yet it is legal.Im not the smartest guy around not even close but I know its all about the money to the goverment.If any of us believe that the people who run this country cares about are best interest,you my friends are crazy
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      by assumptions on May 15, 2011 at 09:40 AM in reply to bubba
      why is everyone just assuming alcohol? If you know anything about charges: you must know that even if some one is charged with DUI that does mean it was alcohol. I do like your point that alcohol is worse than pot, but in my opinion they should all be banded.
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        by assumptions on May 15, 2011 at 08:12 PM in reply to assumptions
        typo: does not mean alcohol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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        by bubba on May 17, 2011 at 12:18 PM in reply to assumptions
        Well considering there was an open container charge on the passenger side what else would you assume?duh
  • by Diane Mason Location: United States on May 14, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    TO MAGGIE: KUDOS! Thank you!!!!!!! Its funny how drunk drivers never remember anything afterwards with trying to find an easy way out but yet they can remember sitting on the ditchbank saying he wasnt driving while my child lays in a car dying! Oh and finding the bible is called JAILHOUSE RELIGION which doesnt hang around long! Diane Mason
  • by Thank You Location: Local on May 14, 2011 at 08:43 AM
    Not taking up for either side because I know there is tremendous pain & hurt amongst all who are being affected by this incident.Praying for all involved and leaving the judgement up the Lord. Thanks.
  • by ScaryDAve Location: Mo. on May 14, 2011 at 05:29 AM
    On the one hand, it would be nice if LEO would stop playing dukes of hazard and making things worse with chases and use the radios more efficiently. I Know in large cities helicopters are more available than smaller places but a lot of these chases just make things worse. I honestly do not the government having access to the death penalty in any situation but if you get rid of the ridiculous drug wars, there would be plenty of room to keep guys like this in jail. Although I think resenting people like this ultimately does more damage to you than them, I think it would be wise of people related to this guy to love him in private and not ask others to imagine their relatives being out of control addicts. It doesn't help anything to publicly stand up for a guy with so much blood on his hands. To say he doesn't deserve something as benign as harsh words is ridiculous.
  • by Martin Location: Eastern NC on May 13, 2011 at 09:48 PM
    Good job to the Law Enforcement guys!
  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on May 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM
    Apparently from the story, this man will never obey society's law. He seems to be a habitual offender and should receive life in prison to prevent future loss of innocent lives. I pray for his family, they are going to need it.
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