CMPD officers responded quickly to street takeovers, reports say

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department got four calls on Oct. 28 about a street takeover at the intersection of Fourth and Graham streets in Uptown Charlotte.

People complained that CMPD officers didn’t get there fast enough, but Channel 9 got a better picture of their response times.

Dangerous drivers and large groups of people took over streets in Charlotte that weekend that also included the Steele Creek and SouthPark areas.

Michelle Tallman recorded this video from her uptown apartment balcony.


“Somebody is going to get hurt,” she said. “If you look at the video, the cars came pretty close to some of those people.”

CMPD said officers were dispatched at 10:36 p.m. and arrived 17 minutes later, at 10:53 p.m.

Reckless drivers and crowds shut down the intersection of Tyvola and Park roads in SouthPark.

Channel 9 spoke with someone who said it lasted more than an hour. However, CMPD now says officers stopped the spectacle within 15 minutes.

Streets in Steele Creek were taken over the following night in the area where a woman was hit by a car.

CMPD said they received a call at 11:18 p.m. and officers arrived within six minutes.

One driver was cited with reckless driving in connection with the three incidents.

Prosecutors said the punishment is not severe, which is why it keeps happening.

Reckless driving is punishable by the driver getting four points on their driver’s license and a possible $500 fine.

VIDEO: CMPD responds to street takeovers

Dan Matics

Dan Matics, wsoctv.com

Dan is a reporter and anchor for Channel 9.