Man accused of leading deputy on chase in Burlington, shooting patrol car, crashing into another

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — A man is accused of leading an Alamance County deputy on a high-speed chase, firing gunshots at him and then crashing into another deputy’s cruiser, damaging both vehicles.

Billy Miles

Billy Miles

Billy Miles was pulled over at about 2:12 a.m. Sunday on Hwy 49 North near Lamb’s Chapel in a 1992 Ford Truck, according to deputies.

Deputies said he was pulled over for not having any working tail lights. The officer said he saw an open beer container in the driver’s lap when he approached the truck.

Deputies said the officer then asked the driver to step out of the truck and the driver sped off. Authorities said the suspect was going about twice the speed limit during the chase.

A car chase started, leading the officer through the city of Burlington via Hwy 49 North to Church Street and many side roads in the Cobb Avenue, Beaumont Street and Piedmont Way area, according to deputies.

The chase then proceeded back to Beaumont Street and the truck ran a red light near Church Street and collided with an Alamance County Sheriff’s Office K-9 vehicle driven by Deputy Brad Hall. Both vehicles are considered a total loss. A power pole was also damaged.

Deputies said there were two people inside the suspect's truck. The suspect, his passenger and the deputy involved in the crash were both taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Miles faces various charges including speeding, careless and reckless driving and felony fleeing to elude arrest. The suspect's passenger does not currently face charges. More charges may be pending against the suspect.

Burlington Police was asked by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office to assist in the investigation, which is ongoing.

Everyone involved is expected to be okay. The officers involved have the support of the department.