Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say an officer apparently followed department guidelines in a Sunday afternoon incident that ended with two other motorists involved in a head-on crash.
However, Officer Keith Trietley, a CMPD spokesman, the case is being reviewed by the Internal Affairs Bureau to make sure all department policies were followed.
The incident took place shortly before 2 p.m. on Kilborne Drive, according to police.
An Eastway Division officer on patrol spotted a motorist driving a Ford Taurus erratically, according to police. The officer activated his lights and siren and made a U-turn to follow the motorist, investigators said.
But the driver of the Taurus failed to stop and accelerated away, according to police. Trietley said the CMPD officer “immediately deactivated his emergency equipment and disengaged, per department policy.”
A short time later, police said, the Taurus crossed a double-yellow line on Kilborne Drive and struck a Nissan Sentra head-on. That took place near Sudbury Road, according to authorities.
The drivers of both cars were trapped and had to be freed by Charlotte firefighters. Charlotte fire Capt. Dennis Gist said it took a crew of 22 firefighters a little less than 30 minutes to free the victims.
Medic said the injured drivers were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
The drivers have not been identified, and a full report on the collision was not available Monday.
Police said criminal charges are pending in the case, and they ask that anyone with information contact detectives at 704-336-3229. Information also can be left with Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.