Police chase ends with car engulfed in flames off major Charlotte interstate

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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.

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.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067; @jmarusak