• Police investigating after car crashes, catches fire on I-485 in northeast Charlotte


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Authorities are investigating after a car crashed and caught fire Friday afternoon on Interstate 485 in northeast Charlotte.

    Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the crash near the exit ramp to North Tryon Street around 2 p.m. and could see authorities standing around a car with damage to its front and rear.

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    The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened not long after deputies responded to a breaking-and-entering call at a vacant home along the 800 block of NC Hwy 2427 East. The caller gave a suspect vehicle description to deputies, who later spotted the vehicle along Albemarle Road in Mecklenburg County.

    CCSO says a short chase ensued, but deputies were unable to get the driver to stop and eventually backed off.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers and State Highway Patrol troopers along with police K-9s were later called to the scene of a vehicle accident on I-485 – which ended up being the vehicle the CCSO deputies were chasing.

    Officers searched near the crash but were unable to find the suspects.

    The vehicle used had a Georgia license plate that was five years out of date. Right now, authorities say they don’t have a description of the suspects, but say the vehicle that crashed was not reported as stolen.

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