by: Mark Becker Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carlton Ardrey is back in jail – again. Thirteen days after he allegedly cut off his electronic monitor and didn’t show up for court, police caught up with Ardrey in north Charlotte after a brief chase involving the Highway Patrol.
A trooper said he clocked Ardrey driving 90 mph in a 45 mph zone and started to pull him over. When Ardrey kept going, the trooper followed him to Julia Avenue, off Statesville Avenue in north Charlotte, where Ardrey jumped out of the truck he was driving and tried to run.
Police then arrested him without incident.
Ardrey had been on the run since police said he cut off his monitor on March 13, the same day he was supposed to go to court where he was expected to plead guilty on break-in and larceny charges and go to prison for about 18 months.
As he was led to a patrol car, Ardrey didn’t say why he cut the monitor off or where he had been for the last two weeks but the founder of Charlotte’s Courtwatch program said they had been tracking Ardrey for more than a year.
“Someone who tampers with their electronic monitor always concerns us because they have no regard for law and society,” said Marcus Philemon.
Jail records show that Ardrey has been arrested at least a dozen times in the last three years, mostly on drug and property crimes, and it was not the first time he’d allegedly cut off his monitor.
Police said he had cut off a monitor in 2013, but was issued another monitor when his bonds were reduced and he was released from jail one more time.
Philemon said he wants to make sure a judge thinks twice before reducing Ardrey’s bonds again.
“Within 10 days he'll have his bond hearing and our organization, Charmeck Courtwatch will be there to make sure his bonds are set appropriately,” Philemon said.