Officers say man with cocaine, pot crashed into power pole during police chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A portion of South Boulevard was shut down for hours early Wednesday morning in south Charlotte after a car slammed into a utility pole, knocking out power to more than a thousand people.

The crash happened around 2 a.m. near Sterling Drive, just north of Woodlawn Road.

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According to authorities, police were attempting to conduct a traffic stop for reckless driving on Interstate 485 in Pineville around 1 a.m. when the driver refused to stop.

Officers chased the vehicle out of Pineville down South Boulevard when the driver eventually crashed into a light pole near Woodlawn Road.

Channel 9 could see the car was badly damaged and had the windshield smashed out. Power was knocked out to roughly 1,100 people.

After the crash, police said the driver got out of the car and ran, but was caught after a brief foot chase.

The driver suffered minor injuries during the crash, but officers said he was transported to the hospital as a precaution.

Upon further investigation, officers said the driver was in possession of cocaine and marijuana.

According to the Pineville police, the unidentified driver will be charged with felony drug possession and several misdemeanor traffic violations.

All lanes of South Boulevard reopened at 5 a.m.

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