Man pleads guilty to killing 1 and wounding 2 after trying to flee from deputies

HAYWOOD, N.C. (FOX Carolina) — A Jackson County man pleaded guilty Thursday to killing one person and injuring two others after driving into oncoming traffic as he attempted to run away from law enforcement.

According to the district attorney’s office, the pursuit began when a Haywood County detective spotted 21-year-old Dalton Suttles, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, driving a Chevrolet Tahoe on NC 209 with a false plate on July 21, 2021.

The detective attempted a traffic stop on US 23/74, but Suttles sped up, exceeding 100 mph.

Once on the freeway, it rolled through oncoming traffic, swerving around several cars before colliding with a van, resulting in the death of 46-year-old Zenen Lopez-Guzman.

Suttles pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, flight to escape, and trafficking methamphetamine from 28 grams to 200 grams.

According to the office, the judge imposed a minimum prison sentence of 194 months up to a maximum sentence of 245 months.

Additionally, the judge ordered Suttles to pay fines: $1,000 for second degree murder and $50,000 for trafficking as well as $13,321 in restitution.

Before sentencing, Suttles apologized to the surviving victims and Lopez-Guzman’s family members.

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