WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Straight-faced and emotionless, Eduard Patrick said he does not have guilt about hitting and killing Wilmington resident Shaun Murdock early Tuesday morning.
Patrick sat down for an interview with WECT’s Marissa Hundley about 24 hours after investigators arrested him and charged him with multiple crimes, including misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.
“I mean it was terrifying,” said Patrick. “But, I mean, I have no guilt, really. I mean, I still have no guilt.”
Patrick said he was trying to drive to his hometown of Liberty Tuesday morning, but ended up in Wilmington.
“I was delirious,” he said. “The cops were following me. I thought I was being delusional.”
Hundley asked, “You didn’t believe that they were actually following you?”
He responded with a simple, “Yeah” and went on to say, “I didn’t do any drugs. I just smoked cigarettes all night.”
Murdock was on his way home from his overnight shift at Corning when Patrick hit him near the intersection of Peachtree Ave. and College Rd.
“The motorcycle guy came from the right to the left and that’s when I hit him,” said Patrick.
Investigators said they clocked Patrick going 79 in a 55 mph zone. When he failed to stop for troopers, a high-speed chase ensued. The chase started in Brunswick County and continued into Wilmington.
Patrick recalled traveling over the bridge while troopers chased him.
“Oh the bridge, yes,” he said. “I thought that was the way to Liberty. I passed a lot of cars that day.”
Patrick went on to give answers that some people may find hard to hear. He even laughed throughout the interview.
Hundley noticed Patrick’s mannerisms and said, “You seem very nonchalant, like this isn’t a big deal.”
Patrick said, “It’s just how I am, I guess. I feel like I’m heartless sometimes. I try to cry but it’s just hard to cry.”
Moments later, a smile appeared on his face. When Hundley asked him why he was smiling, he said, “Because I find this hilarious.”
Patrick said he felt like he was “dreaming” during the chase and described the chase and accident as “intense.”
Patrick, who is 26, also said he’s been wanting to die for a “long time.”
Patrick’s court-appointed defense lawyer advised him to not speak with the media about the fatal accident. When asked why he agreed to the jailhouse interview, he said, “Oh, I don’t know. I got bored. I told you it’s lonely in there.”
The interview at the New Hanover County Detention Center lasted about 30 minutes.
A spokesman with the North Carolina Highway Patrol told WECT after having the opportunity to observe Patrick and listen to his responses following the wreck, there are concerns about his mental stability.
As a result, the Highway Patrol has put in requests to the jail staff and Patrick’s attorney that he undergo evaluation.