A car being chased by police went up in flames after barreling off northbound Interstate 85 near the Gaston-Mecklenburg county line and smacking a tree on Wednesday night.
Gastonia Police tried to pull the driver over on Ridge Avenue when he instead darted onto the interstate at about 7:30 p.m., Observer news partner WBTV reported. The man was wanted on robbery and other warrants, according to the station.
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The driver lost control just past the Catawba River bridge and veered across several lanes, police told WBTV.
The man was ejected and has life-threatening injuries, WSOC-TV reported.
No one else was injured, according to WSOC-TV.