Troopers: Teens hurt after man crashes car into Charlotte home

Robert Allen McClinton
Robert Allen McClinton

Greg Cook didn’t hear the crash into his west Charlotte house at 2 a.m. Friday but his 16-year-old son did.

Allen Cook, the oldest of his three siblings, jumped up to warn relatives as soon as a car collided into the side of his bedroom, throwing an antique dresser across the room and into his hip, his father said.

Both Allen Cook and his 13-year-old brother, Seth, were taken to Carolinas Medical Center after a man fleeing from police crashed a car into the boys’ bedroom, state troopers said. Seth Cook slept against the wall the car hit, his father said.

“I just thank God” that they’re OK, Greg Cook said as he stood beside the gaping hole left in the vinyl siding of his North Hoskins Road home. Late Friday morning, the boys slept after spending three hours at the hospital, receiving treatment and medication for pain, bruising and swelling.

Authorities said the crash happened after Highway Patrol troopers tried to pull over 26-year-old Charlotte resident Robert Allen McClinton Jr. on Glenwood Road, off Interstate 85, for a seat belt violation. McClinton sped off, leading police on a chase for more than a mile, Highway Patrol Trooper John Burgin said.

McClinton crossed over Brookshire Boulevard before he continued on North Hoskins Road. He ran off the right side of the road, struck a power pole and tree and then hit the side of a house, Burgin said.

McClinton then ran from the car until he was spotted on I-85, where he was taken into custody, Burgin said. Two passengers in the car with McClinton were taken to CMC with possible injuries. Their conditions were unknown Friday.

Troopers charged McClinton with felony speeding to elude arrest, failure to stop for blue lights and sirens, driving while license revoked, careless and reckless driving, running a red light and resisting, obstructing and delaying a police officer. On Friday, he was being held in jail on a $51,000 bond. He is listed as having two aliases, “X” and “Trigger.”

Greg Cook said once his son alerted him to the crash, he ran outside and found a crying woman sitting on the ground and a man in the backseat of the car.

McClinton was gone but a tree and part of a utility pole were sprawled in his driveway.

Court records show that McClinton has a criminal history dating to 2007, including convictions for vehicle theft, firearms and drugs possession, resisting a public officer and assault with a deadly weapon.

Jonathan McFadden: 704-358-6045, @JmcfaddenObsGov