Two Guilford County men dead following weekend high-speed pursuit

A high-speed chase that began in Orange County resulted in the death of two Guilford County men in Mebane this past weekend, according to a report from the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Just after 3:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Sunday, January 17, a Nissan traveling at a high rate of speed near Mile Marker 160 on I-85/I-40 was detected by a Sgt. with the N.C. Highway Patrol, Christopher Knox. The vehicle, driven by James Jarmock Bethea, aged 20, of Greensboro, did not stop, and the Highway Patrolman gave chase. The vehicle continued west into Alamance County and eventually crashed along East Washington Street, resulting in the death of Bethea and a passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Whitsett resident Naseem Alanis Alston. 

A high-speed chase that began in Orange County resulted in the death of two Guilford County men in Mebane this past weekend, according to a report from the North Carolina Highway Patrol. 

Just after 3:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Sunday, January 17, a Nissan traveling at a high rate of speed near Mile Marker 160 on I-85/I-40 was detected by a Sgt. with the N.C. Highway Patrol, Christopher Knox. 

The vehicle, driven by James Jarmock Bethea, aged 20, of Greensboro, did not stop, and the Highway Patrolman gave chase. The vehicle continued west into Alamance County and eventually crashed along East Washington Street, resulting in the death of Bethea and a passenger in the vehicle, later identified as Whitsett resident Naseem Alanis Alston. 

"The driver of the passenger vehicle began eluding authorities, initiating a vehicle pursuit," stated Knox’s report of the incident. "During the course of the pursuit, the driver exited onto Mebane Oaks Road and ultimately traveled onto East Washington Street in Mebane. The driver of the Nissan lost control on East Washington Street traveling off the roadway striking a ditch culvert and then caught fire. As a result of the collision, a passenger in the involved vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene and the driver later died at UNC Hospital.”

Alston, a 2018 graduate of Greensboro’s Page High School, was a multi-sport standout in high school who starred in football and track for the Pirates. He briefly attended Louisburg College in Franklin County as a track athlete, and also attended junior college in Kansas.