Wanted juvenile suspect crashes during police chase in stolen car, CMPD says

CHARLOTTE — A suspect who police said is a minor wanted for several different cases was arrested at the end of a police chase on Friday afternoon.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said just before 12:30 p.m. Friday, officers tried to stop a stolen car near Reames Road in north Charlotte. Its driver refused to stop and sped off.

Officers chased the car down Interstate 77, where the suspect hit someone’s car near I-77 South and Morehead Street. No one was hurt in the crash, CMPD said.

During the chase, Chopper 9 Skyzoom captured the suspect driving into oncoming traffic to pass another car. He continued to drive erratically through the Revolution Park neighborhood, even getting on the wrong side of the road until he pulled onto the side streets.

The chase ended around 12:40 p.m., when the suspect ditched the car and ran on Caronia Street near Reid Avenue in west Charlotte.

Chopper 9 Skyzoom captured his arrest in a backyard. Neighbors told Channel 9′s Joe Bruno they saw the whole thing happen. Police escorted a woman from inside the home to safety and then police moved in, releasing a K-9 into her backyard.

“It’s crazy, man, I almost was scared for my life,” James Juice said. “It’s just senseless, man, to be driving like that. We got kids and stuff.”

Juice lives nearby and saw the suspect fly by and be taken into custody. He’s glad no one was hurt and hopes this is a wake up call for the man arrested.

“I just hate it for the young fellow,” he said. “I just hope he changes his life and be right.”

CMPD has not identified the suspect, but said Tuesday he was a minor. They said he was wanted for several cases, including assault with deadly weapon. They plan to provide more information at a later time.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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