Fleeing Offender Charges Upgraded To Second-Degree Murder
On December 30, 2022, a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office’s DWI Unit attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding 77 mph in a 55-mph zone. The offender was later identified as Andrew Michael Frazier of Plymouth Drive in New Bern, NC. Frazier fled from the deputy at speeds over 100 mph. Frazier ran the stop sign at the intersection of Ramsey Road and Kellum Loop Road. He struck a vehicle driven by Lonell Jones of Jacksonville, NC. Ms. Jones was killed on impact, and Frazier fled the scene on foot after the wreck.
Law enforcement attempted to locate Frazier that evening, but he was not apprehended until the next day by members of the New Bern Police Department. At the time of the incident, Frazier’s driver’s license was revoked for previous impaired driving offenses.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol conducted the crash investigation, and Frazier was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and numerous other criminal violations.
On September 5, 2023, Frazier was indicted by an Onslow County Grand Jury for Second-Degree Murder. Frazier is still held within the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1 million bond.
"The facts of this case are tragic. Had Mr. Frazier done the right thing and stopped for the deputy, Ms. Jones would still be here today. Running from law enforcement is dangerous to everyone on the road. Those who disregard our laws will be held accountable to the fullest extent possible. Our thoughts remain with Ms. Jones’s family,” said Sheriff Chris Thomas.
The Onslow County District Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecuting the case. Any questions regarding the case should be directed to District Attorney Ernie Lee.