Police: Man charged in morning chase was previously chased

by: Sarah Rosario Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - One man is facing several charges after leading troopers on a high speed chase from Interstate 485 through North Charlotte just after 8 a.m. Wednesday.
 
Troopers said the suspect is Anthony Antoine Byers. Officer told Eyewitness News this wasn't their first time chasing him.
 
Troopers said they noticed a blue Suzuki speeding and weaving in and out of traffic on I-485.

When they tried to stop him, they said Byers sped up and got off at the North Tryon exit.

Troopers said they chased him for 4 miles before he lost control of his car and crashed into a utility pole.  

A man we talked to said he would have been hit if it wasn't for a woman who told him to watch out.

"I was walking and I was on my phone. The lady was like, 'Get out the way,' and I looked up and the car was flipping towards me," said Devaron Wilborn.  

Afterward, a CMPD K-9 unit was called to check the car for drugs. troopers haven't said why Byers refused to stop.

They also haven't said if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Troopers said he was under the influence in 2012 when he led them on a chase from Mecklenburg to Gaston County.

Byers is facing several charges including speeding to elude, driving with a revoked license and running a red light.