Four burglary suspects were arrested Tuesday afternoon after a high-speed chase that ended with a crash in a south Charlotte neighborhood, authorities said.
The final moments of the chase were watched by wary neighbors in the Colony Acres neighborhood, who saw police cars chase a black SUV over speed bumps in their community located near where Interstate 77 meets Nations Ford Road.
Neighbors said the chase through their community exceeded speeds of 50 mph, twice the posted speed limit.
Early Tuesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police investigators were looking into a series of burglaries in east Charlotte. At some point, they asked law enforcement officers in the area to be on the lookout for a black SUV.
Police say they tried to stop the SUV, but the driver wouldnt pull over. They then notified the Highway Patrol about the SUVs location. When the vehicle wouldnt stop for troopers, they gave chase in the area near State Street and Tuckaseegee Road, according to police.
As the SUV sped through Charlotte, police said in a statement, several passengers in the vehicle jumped and ran from the vehicle at various locations. The suspects who jumped out were arrested by CMPD officers.
Homicide detectives were also investigating a report that a suspect fired a gun at officers during the chase. No one was hurt and police didnt return fire.
At some point, the Ford Explorer turned into the Colony Acres neighborhood. Neighbors said one of the suspects arrested grew up in the community, but police havent confirmed that detail.
The SUV, followed by a Highway Patrol cruiser, went past Thomas Rushs house twice. He ran outside when he heard the police sirens.
The driver just missed that car, Rush said, pointing to a red Ford Mustang parked near a speed bump. My daughter jumped up and said Ooh, Dad, theyre going to crash. Then they came back around. It was like NASCAR.
The vehicle chase ended when the SUV went up a driveway, missed hitting a house and side-swiped an air conditioning unit. At least one suspect got out of the car and ran.
Aliyah Watson told the Observers news partner, NBC Charlotte, that officers sent a police dog into a house the man ran into, then about 20 police officers armed with rifles and handguns went into the house.
The police activity led to a lockdown at nearby Nations Ford Elementary School. No children were injured.
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