Two injured in car wreck during chase

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(Chris Weaver/WGHP)

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Two people were still in the hospital Thursday after a car wreck during a chase with Randolph County deputies on Wednesday.

The wreck happened shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday on Cane Mill Road near Old Highway 13 south of Asheboro.

Driver Jasmine Brooke Powers, 30, of Randleman, and passenger Crystal Lynn Jacobs, 23, of Henderson, were still at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as of Thursday afternoon, Randolph County deputies said.

Troopers said Jacobs was unconscious at the time she was transported to Randolph Memorial Hospital, and they didn’t think Powers’ injuries were life-threatening.

Neither Powers nor Jacobs were wearing seat belts, troopers said.

The incident started on East Ward Street in Asheboro, when Asheboro Police were called to check out a suspicious vehicle, deputies said.

A blue Ford Mustang tried to leave the area by running a stop light and stop sign, deputies said.

Officers tried to get the car to pull over for a traffic stop for a possible DWI and careless and reckless driving, deputies said. The driver didn’t stop and drove into Randolph County’s jurisdiction, deputies said.

Police continued their pursuit into the area of Wicker Lovell Road, but deputies said they didn’t arrive in time to assist.

About an hour later, deputies saw a blue Mustang that matched the description of the vehicle that Asheboro Police pursued. Deputies said the car passed in a no passing zone at a high rate of speed and almost hit another vehicle head-on.

Deputies tried to stop the vehicle on Wicker Lovell Road. However, deputies pursued the vehicle until it lost control at a 90-degree turn on Cane Mill Road.

The vehicle flipped at least once, deputies at the scene said.

Deputies said Powers faces several charges, including fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, reckless driving to endanger and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Troopers said Powers also has been charged with DWI and failure to wear a seat belt.