Yadkin County, NC – A manhunt is underway for two individuals involved in a police chase that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old North Carolina state trooper on Monday night.
Police were looking for 22-year-old Dakota Kape Whitt and 19-year-old Michaela Cheyenne Harrison on Tuesday, after having identified them as the occupants of a car who fled state troopers at a drivers’ license checkpoint.
Whitt and Harrison were believed to be driving a 2007 black BMW with North Carolina license plate PHN2968, according to the North Carolina Troopers Association Facebook page.
Police described Whitt as a white male, five feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, with brown eyes and light brown hair.
Harrison was described as a white female, five feet seven inches tall, weighing 114 pounds, with brown eyes and blonde hair.
Authorities said that the incident began while North Carolina State Highway Trooper Samuel Bullard and Trooper P.E. Ellis were conducting the license checkpoint in their assigned duty station, according to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
A black BMW failed to stop for the troopers, and then fled the checkpoint at about 10:50 p.m. on May 21.
Both troopers pursued the BMW to I-77 south into Yadkin County, but Trooper Ellis lost contact with Trooper Bullard about three minutes into the chase, so he called it off and went back to look for him.
Trooper Bullard had stopped responding to radio calls, police said.
Trooper Ellis found Trooper Bullard’s crashed patrol vehicle at mile marker 80. The trooper’s car had crashed into a bridge support on the interstate and burst into flames, according to WXII.
Trooper Ellis was unable to pull Trooper Bullard from the burning car, and Trooper Bullard was pronounced dead at the scene, WXII reported.
Police are offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the capture of Whitt and Harrison. Anyone with information has been asked to contact police.
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