by: Mark Becker Updated:
TROUTMAN, N.C. - The mother of a Charlotte man charged with leading law-enforcement officers on a chase through Iredell County Monday morning says her son was on his way to Charlotte for a court appointment later Monday.
Iredell County Sheriff's Office spokesmen say Angelo Pozo, 22, did not stop when officers tried to pull him over near Troutman around 3 a.m. Monday.
They say Pozo then led officers on a chase that ended just across the Mecklenburg County line near Davidson when officers used stop sticks to puncture the tires on his car.
At one point, they say, he tried to hit an officer with his car, and they charged him with assault with a deadly weapon.
Pozo's mother, Tania Wright, saw video from the scene on Eyewitness News Daybreak and suspected that her son might have been involved.
"Not even five minutes after I saw the car, I said, uh oh -- that looks like the car that Angelo had been driving!" Wright told Eyewitness News.
Five minutes after seeing the video, she said, she got a call from the Iredell County Jail. It was her son.
"He said, 'Momma, I'm on the news.'
"And I said, 'You're on the what?!'" Wright said.
Wright said Pozo told her that he panicked and that he was going as fast as 90 miles an hour before deputies finally stopped him. He told her they used a stun gun on him when he tried to run from the scene.
It is not the first time that Pozo has been arrested. Court records show he'd been arrested in Mecklenburg County at least eight times in the last three years on charges ranging from assault to drugs and traffic offenses.
"My son does have a lead foot," Wright said.
But she said she is very concerned about the assault charge, since her son has never shown that behavior before.
"He's never disrespected the police. He's never disrespected any government official," Wright said.
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