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2-state chase ends with arrest in west Mecklenburg

A man faces multiple charges after leading police on a four-county, two-state chase that ended early Tuesday in western Mecklenburg County, authorities say.

The man, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized Tuesday morning with injuries described as non-life-threatening.

Police in Cherokee County, S.C., were were conducting a DUI checkpoint late Monday night. According to police reports, a wman in an SUV failed to stop at the checkpoint, and a police pursuit began.

The pursuit moved onto northbound Interstate 85, troopers say.

Authorities used stop sticks near the state border, and although at least one of the vehicle’s tires blew out, the driver kept going northbound, troopers say. The pursuit continued through Cleveland and Gaston counties, then into western Mecklenburg County.

With the N.C. Highway Patrol helping, troopers again used stop sticks near the Catawba River bridge, blowing out at least two more tires and forcing the man to stop his vehicle near the Sam Wilson Road interchange.

At that point, troopers say, the man got out of the vehicle, jumped over the median, and crossed the southbound side of I-85 before running into a wooded area. He was caught by troopers a short time later.

The man was taken to the hospital for treatment of cuts and bruises. Troopers did not say what caused the man to flee from police.

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