Family recalls car chase which ended on their front steps

Deputies arrest two after crash

Family recalls car chase which ended on their steps

BEAUFORT COUNTY - Deputies have arrested two suspects allegedly involved in a vehicle chase that ended with a crash into a Beaufort County home.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has identified 38-year-old James Alonzo Byrd and 34-year-oldĀ  Ian Lorell Peed as the suspects.

At about 12:48 a.m. on Dec. 28, a deputy saw Byrd driving at a slow speed and crossing left of center on Highway 264 west of Washington, investigators said. Peed was the passenger, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The deputy tried to pull the vehicle over near the bridge at the Washington city limit, but the car did not stop, said investigators. The vehicle took several turns within Washington before crashing into a home on Hackney Avenue, according to deputies.

Archie and Joseph Brakers Jr. live in the home. Joseph was awake at the time, and heard sirens approaching their house. "It's real loud, I said they must be real close and by the time I turned my head, I see headlights and I'm going 'oh no'," he said.

Moments later, the car came crashing into their front steps. Archie immediately woke up. "I was sleeping real good. And all of a sudden there was what I thought was a bomb," she said.

Joseph then opened the door to find officers surrounding the home. "I seen three policemen coming with their guns drawn saying 'get out the car, get on the ground', and I say 'oh no!' So I ran back in the house," he said.

Both Archie and Joseph were unharmed. The suspects were arrested at the scene.

Though their front steps are destroyed, Archie still believes it was a miracle the accident ended the way it did. That's because she says the car started out heading towards Joseph's bedroom, then veered toward their living room before turning into their front steps and stopping without damaging the home itself. "I don't care what anybody else say, or believe, you can't tell me that the Lord didn't do that," she said.

Byrd has been charged with felony flee to elude arrest, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, reckless driving to endanger, left of center, and failure to stop for a stop sign.

Byrd was also served with three outstanding orders for arrest from Pitt and
Wilson Counties, said deputies. He was being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center on an $83,000 secured bond.

Peed has been charged with possession of an open container in a passenger area, and intoxicated and disruptive behavior. He was being jailed under a $1,000 secured bond.

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