Charlotte man was in stolen car when he ran down cop who pulled him over, police say

Theodore Clark
Theodore Clark

A Charlotte man has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill after he tried to flee a traffic stop and ran into the cop who pulled him over, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

The officer, who was not identified, was hospitalized with minor injuries, though one witness told Charlotte TV station WSOC he saw the officer “flying in the air, like somersaulting, like a rag doll.”

Suspect Theodore Clark, 20, was arrested late Wednesday. He also faces charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, hit-and run personal injury, hit-and-run property damage, resist/obstruct/delay, failing to heed lights and sirens, fleeing to elude law enforcement, driving without a license, speeding and reckless driving, police said.

The incident happened at 1:12 p.m. Wednesday on Central Avenue near Sharon Amity. Officers spotted a stolen 2005 Kia Optima and stopped the car, officials said.

“As the officers encountered the vehicle, the driver sped off, striking an officer,” said a police statement. “Once the second officer realized that injured officer only sustained minor injuries, he pursued the vehicle.”

During the pursuit, the stolen Kia Optima struck another motorist near Central Avenue and Morningside Drive.

The pursuit then continued down Logie Avenue, where the stolen vehicle crashed into a tree, police said. The driver ran from the vehicle and was quickly taken into custody. The female passenger was detained by officers, and she and the driver were taken by Medic to area hospitals for medical treatment.

Investigators say the car was stolen Wednesday morning in the Hickory Grove area.

The suspect also had two outstanding arrest orders stemming from a breaking and entering case, police said. Records show he has been jailed four times in Mecklenburg County since 2015.