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Insurance adjusters have determined that the damage to a rescue truck from a man trying to escape police crashing into a Lenoir fire station two weeks ago in a Chrysler Sebring amounts to about $38,000. They have not determined which insurance company -- that of the Sebring owner or the Lenoir Fire Department -- is going to pay for it.
The 35,000-pound truck was parked in the bay of the station at the corner of Harper Avenue and Ridge Street when a Chrysler Sebring slammed into the bay door about 1 p.m. Oct. 8, narrowly missing two firefighters and colliding with the truck. The impact knocked the truck back a few feet and damaged the frame, motor and radiator. The bay door has already been repaired at a cost of $1,000.
The car was being driven by Ryan Oneal Jeffries, 37, of Asheville and Vanessa Mae Snyder, 32, of Nebo, who sped away from police when the police tried to pull the car over. Police said Jeffries had just sold drugs to an undercover officer. Officers following Jeffries west on Harper Avenue reached speeds of up to 67 mph, but by the time they caught up, the Sebring already had crashed into the fire station.
The pursuit appeared to follow established policy on high-speed pursuits, according to Lenoir Police Chief Scott Brown.